November 2016 City

Dear Reader,

Let us at Marquette Monthly be the first to welcome you to November in 2016.

It is always amazing to me how little time it seems we have between issues, but I guess that squares up with the old saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Boy, has this year flown by.

It is already time for us to begin accepting submissions to our Short Story Contest. You will find rules and guidelines advertised in this issue. We certainly look forward to reading the submissions of our fellow Upper Peninsula writers. As a news writer, I find myself drawn to the short story more often than I was before I found this particular profession. Back then, I preferred a good novel. But the nature of news writing, stripping down each and every story to its bare essentials, finding the important parts and piecing them together in a coherent narrative, is much more similar to short stories than I had ever imagined, both requiring the same thing—just the facts, ma’am.

Marquette Monthly is one of the few creative outlets that exists locally for U.P. fiction writers, outside of publishing their own works. We’re proud to offer it, and we hope that you, Dear Reader, find in this contest inspiration to pick up a pencil or sit down at a keyboard and give it a shot. We know the U.P. has just as many talented writers as it does artists, and we look forward to reading your works.

As for our 76-page November 2016 edition of MM, well there’s plenty of stories to get you through the brisk evenings as we transition from fall to winter. So, put that nip of bourbon into your evening mug of hot chocolate to help stave off the chill that you’re not quite used to yet and settle in with a blanket and a copy of Marquette Monthly. We’ve got another great issue this month, filled to the brim with all the things that make the U.P. a wonderful place.

Within these pages you’ll find a feature on the Barnes-Hecker mine tragedy and how a group of dedicated volunteers are making sure the men who died are never forgotten. You’ll also take a look back at an old Marquette school, learn about a Copper Country film festival in its 12th year, examine how local comedians fine tune their sets, see the impact Hockeyville USA had on Marquette, learn about eating as Native Americans did long before Europeans found the shores of the new land, and much, much more. Our group of freelance writers have worked hard this month, as they do each month, to bring to you the stories that no one else does. Indeed, the stories that no one else can.

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

— Jackie Stark,

managing editor

Fishing After Hours to focus on the return of grayling

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will welcome Marty Holtgren, fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division Tribal Coordination Unit. Holtgren is one of the fisheries professionals leading a new cooperative initiative for the DNR and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to reintroduce grayling to northern Michigan waterways. Grayling, a beautiful and once bountiful member of Michigan’s cold water fishery, is a “cousin” of trout and salmon. Michigan’s unique sub-species of grayling was a relic of the last glacial period in North America and was forced into extinction through a combination of overfishing, deforestation and the degradation of stream and river habitat. Past efforts to save or reintroduce graying did not meet with success. Holtgren will speak at the Landmark Inn about the fresh wave of interest in returning grayling to Michigan waters, as well as the need for strong partnerships and a science-based approach that were missing from past reintroduction efforts.

A celebration of quilting

In conjunction with the American Quilt Study Group: 2014 Exhibition, the DeVos Art Museum will host “Quilting Then & Now: Giveaways, Swaps, and Conversations.” The November 5 event will feature talks by Rachel May, author of Quilting with a Modern Slant and Judy Parlato, Marquette County Quilt Association historian. May’s talk will begin at noon and focus on the history of quilting and how it led to today’s so-called “modern quilt movement.” At 1 p.m., Parlato will discuss quilting contributions by Union and Confederate women of the Civil War. Snacks and refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., followed by a make and take, fabric swap and giveaways at 2 p.m. Quilters will be able to create a block to take home, with people of all skill level able to participate. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Contact Emily Lanctot at elanctot@nmu.edu or 227-2136 with any questions.

Grants available for projects in the arts

The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula: Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. Mini-grants for Arts Projects provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high-quality arts projects, which provide special opportunities to address local arts needs and increase public access to the arts. Mini-grants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional and contemporary arts. Mini-grant dollars, matched one to one in cash/in-kind can be used for many types of arts activities such as exhibits, readings, performances, workshops, broadcasts, consultancies, commissions, festivals, restorations, pow wows, conferences, seminars, video and film productions and screenings, publications, and arts activities for students. Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities from the six counties may apply. A panel comprised of knowledgeable individuals from each of the six counties evaluates all funding proposals. The review criterion includes artistic merit, sound planning and management, as well as community service. Geographic distribution, underserved populations, cultural diversity, and a variety of arts disciplines are considered when determining awards. Professional and Organizational Development grants make funding available for training courses, consultants, conference fees and related travel. Organizations or individual artists may apply for up to $1500. A 25 percent cash/in-kind match is required. Organizations may apply for both grant opportunities. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on January 15 for projects taking place March 1 through September 30. All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system (mcaca.egrant.net). Application guidelines are available on line at http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Arts/Grant-Programs/  (click on MCACA Grants in left-hand column and scroll down to Minigrant Program).

PWPL hosts inaugural open mic night

Authors, poets, songwriters and listeners are invited to “Inspired Words,” the inaugural quarterly open mic event at Peter White Public Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 7, on the library’s lower level in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Workshop Room 3. Presentations will not be judged and are open to all genres of writing as long as the material is suitable for all ages, unplugged and original work. There is no admission charge to present or to listen as a result of sponsorship by the Marquette Poets Circle, Marquette Arts & Culture Center and the Peter White Public Library. For more information visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

HNF ceases Manistique Ranger District Office services

On Thursday, November 10, the Hiawatha National Forest will cease public services at the Manistique Ranger District Office. Public services are available at the Rapid River, Munising, and St. Ignace Ranger District Offices, as well as by mail, phone, and through the forest’s webpage at http://www.fs.usda.gov/hiawatha. Reservations for campsites and cabins continue to be available at http://www.recreation.gov/ or call toll free 1-888- 448-1474. The Forest Service has been consolidating offices and reducing costs to accommodate tighter budgets, and reduced staffing levels. This year the Hiawatha National Forest closed the Sault Ste. Marie office and the Marquette greenhouse. In addition to reduced budgets, wildfire suppression costs have been consuming an increasing portion of the budget, reducing resources available for other agency work. In 2015, for the first time in history, 52 percent of the budget went to suppressing wildland fires, compared to just 15 percent in 1995. For additional information call the Rapid River Ranger District Office at 474-6442, the Munising Ranger District Office at 387- 2512, the St. Ignace Ranger District Office at 643-7900, or the Gladstone supervisor’s office at 428- 5800.

Aspirus Scholars Program grants scholarships to draw more providers

Aspirus has announced the creation of a program to address the national physician shortage and meet the needs of communities in north central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus and other community partners have developed the Aspirus Scholars Program, an approach designed to bring up to 62  primary care, psychiatry or general surgery providers to communities in North Central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan by the year 2030. The Aspirus Scholars Program will provide scholarships ranging from $70,000 to $150,000 to medical students and advanced practice provider students who commit to future employment at Aspirus. For more information about the Aspirus Scholars Program, visit aspirus.org/scholars or contact Kalynn Pempek at 715-847-2478.

Marquette Ladies Night returns November 17

A night of deals and shopping awaits women shopping in downtown Marquette, with the return of Ladies Night. The event, sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Participating businesses in the downtown district will have special deals, delicacies and entertainment for shoppers to enjoy. Complimentary transportation will once again be provided for the evening. Shoppers can also register custom gift baskets each valued over $800 and stocked full of gift certificates and goods from participating businesses.

Yellow Dog annual meeting set for November 3

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will hold its 21st Annual Meeting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse located at 104 W. Ridge St. in Marquette. A welcome social and refreshments will open the event at 5:30 p.m. with the annual meeting to begin at 6:30 p.m. A potluck supper and music will follow so bring your favorite dish to share. Members and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend to discuss the YDWP’s successful year of river stewardship. For more information call the Yellow Dog office at 345-9223.

DNR seeks info on damage to GEMS memorial in Marquette County

Law enforcement officers are investigating damage to a memorial stone at a Michigan DNR Grouse Enhanced Management Site (GEMS), a ruffed grouse hunting area on County Road 438, south of Gwinn. The South Marquette County GEMS was dedicated to Bill Rollo, a DNR wildlife technician who was instrumental in creating the hunting area. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on September 23, the memorial stone was knocked off its pedestal when the base of the monument was struck, evidently by a vehicle. A blue paint scrape was found on the monument and an impact mark from black plastic or rubber. The incident is being investigated by the Forsyth Township Police Department and conservation officers from the DNR. If the incident is determined to be a criminal act, a reward fund has been established by the Ruffed Grouse Society for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. To pledge a contribution to the fund, contact Ron Burkert or Nicole Edwards of the Ruffed Grouse Society at (414) 262-4044 or 451 McCormick Rd., Coraopolis, PA 15108.

Calumet Art Center to host mentoring workshop

The Calumet Art Center is offering three workshops on November 14 for teachers in clay, copper and mixed media. A fee of $35 will get participants into the clay workshop from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., the copper workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the mixed media workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register, call the center at 934-2228.

GLYCD announces U.P. Service Award recipients

Two Marquette residents and a program at Northern Michigan University are among outstanding volunteers honored during the eighth annual U.P. Service Awards program at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference at Northern Michigan University October 13. The awards are given by Great Lakes Center for Youth Development (GLCYD) to recognize exemplary volunteer efforts throughout the U.P. in the categories of youth, under 21; adult, ages 21-64; senior, ages 65 and above and volunteer program. Honorees were presented with plaques during the luncheon program in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Don H. Bottum University Center at NMU. Susan Madden of Marquette received the award in the adult category. Del Compton of Marquette received the award in the senior category. Northern Michigan University’s Student Leader Fellowship Program received the award in the volunteer program category. Stephanie LaFoille, 16, of Manistique received the award in the youth category.

Monday night senior skate begins in Marquette

Monday, October 17, kicked off the Monday Night Senior Skate at Lakeview Arena. Senior Skate is for those aged 55 and older (or at the discretion of the Senior Center coordinator). Skating hours are 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. Skating takes place in the Olson Rink. There is no charge for city residents, and a $2.50 charge for non-residents. Skate rental is $3 for all participants.

MRHC presents “Our Quilting Legacy-Why Quilts Matter”

The Marquette Regional History Center is offering the opportunity to explore the center’s extensive quilt collection. Funded by a grant from the Michigan Quilt Network, work was recently completed to photograph, extensively document and carefully store each of the center’s quilts. Presented by Alice Johnson and Nancy Henderson, the program will explain how local women from prominent Marquette families contributed to the collection of quilts and why it is important that the quilts are preserved. A $5 donation is suggested.  For information, visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571.

Remembering the Barnes-Hecker Tragedy at MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center is hosting a presentation by Tom Friggens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, in remembrance of the Barnes-Hecker Mine tragedy. Friggens will recount stories of November 3, 1926, when an explosion in the mine killed all but one of the 52 men in the mine. This program is offered as a collaboration of the Marquette Regional History Center and the Michigan Iron Industry Museum. A $5 donation is suggested.  For more information, visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571.

Self-defense training offered

Two free self-defense classes are available to the public in November. Offered first is an introduction to self-defense from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 19, followed by an intermediate class from 1 to 4 p.m. The defensive training is designed to help you protect yourself at home, on the street or in your workplace. You will develop situational awareness for avoiding and de-escalating confrontations. And you’ll learn simple, but effective techniques to defend yourself if a physical confrontation cannot be avoided. This training is appropriate for all adults, from age 18 and up, including senior citizens. No prior experience is required. Just wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. Training takes place in the Peninsula East Room at the Ramada Inn, located at 412 W. Washington St. in Marquette. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated. For more information visit http://practicaldefensivearts.com, call James Portale 361-0992, or e-mail Dan Oja at danoja@practicaldefensivearts.com.

Agate presentation at MRHC

Karen “Agatelady” Brzys is hosting a talk about the geological history of the U.P., how agates are formed and tips for agate hunting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, at the Marquette Regional History Center. A book signing and specimen sale will follow the talk, as well as the chance for audience members to bring in their own specimens for identification. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571.

Yellow Dog to host public input session on newly

purchased forest

The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve took ownership September 29 over 688 acres of northern forest along the Yellow Dog River. The group spearheaded a campaign to create a protected area called the Yellow Dog River Community Forest, which will result in ensuring permanent public access to this area, fending off development pressures, and maintaining the property as a forested, natural landscape. The Yellow Dog River Community Forest begins along the scenic County Road 510 in northern Marquette County. The property comprises both banks of the river and follows it downstream until it reaches private property. In addition to river frontage and waterfalls, visitors can find upland mixed forests, old growth hemlock stands, granite rock outcrops, wetlands, and rare plant and animal species. You might also find the lone fisherman or backpacker wandering the river in search of some solitude. The next step in the project is to create the long term plan for the Yellow Dog River Community Forest with a strong emphasis on community involvement in the decision making process. This will be accomplished through the Public Participation Process. YDWP applied to the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program and was selected to receive assistance in designing and implementing a solid process for informing and including the public. A meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. This secondary workshop will focus on developing a roadmap for achieving the community’s goals as well as designing methods for keeping the forest protected on a long-term basis. Once all of the public input is collected, it will be compiled by the Community Forest Committee which will finalize the makeup of the plan. The information will then be assembled into a written document and the community will have an opportunity to provide final input before the Committee approves the Yellow Dog River Community Forest Plan. The planning work has been funded by the Laura Jane Musser Fund. For those who cannot attend the meeting but would like to still provide their input, YDWP will be creating an online form to solicit input via their website on November 1st. Visit www.yellowdogwatershed.org to find out more information about the Community Forest and to check for the Community Forest Online Input Form.

MSU Extension offers financial and homeownership webinars

The MSU Extension education team is offering live webinars during November and December. Topics covered include holiday budgeting, health insurance, buying a home, rental education, budgeting and passing on personal possessions. Instructors will use a video meeting technology called Zoom, which can be downloaded as an app. For instructions on the video communication visit msu.zoom.us. For more information on the list of MSU Extension programs and events visit msue.anr.msu.edu/events or contact Beth Waitrovich at the MSU Extension Dickinson County at 774-0363 or waitrovi@anr.msu.edu.

Senior Arts Series continues with holiday cards workshop

Carl Mayer will teach a watercolor holiday cards visual arts course as part of the City of Marquette’s Senior Arts Series from 1 to 3 p.m. on  the Tuesdays, November 1 and 15. Classes are open to those 60 and older and cater to a wide variety of skill levels. Participation is free to city residents and $5 for non-residents. All supplies are included, but pre-registration is required. Call the Marquette City Senior Center at 228-0456 to register or with questions.

Film screening at LSSU

The Michael Moore film Where to Invade Next will be held on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in Crawford Hall, room 207 at Lake Superior State University. The film, in the style of a travelogue, has Moore spending time in countries such as Italy, Finland, Tunisia, Slovenia, and Portugal where he experiences those countries’ alternative methods of dealing with social and economic ills experienced in the United States.

Small Business Saturday set for November 26

The annual celebration of small business, “Small Business Saturday,” will take place nationwide on Saturday, November 26. Started in 2010 by American Express, the day is meant to encourage people to “shop small” by frequenting local businesses run by local people, and always takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Rock Lions host monthly breakfast buffet

The Rock Lions monthly third-Sunday all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, at the Rock Lions Club on M-35 in Rock. The buffet includes eggs prepared to order and omelets, bacon, sausage, ham, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, French toast, English muffins, cereal, a variety of fruits, lots of dessert items, and coffee, tea, milk and juice. Ticket prices are: adults $8; ages 6 to 12, $5; ages 5 and under eat free. The monthly breakfast is held at the Rock Lions Clubhouse. The facility is available for rent by calling Jerry at 356-6475. The Rock Lions Club is a non-profit service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local needs.

Ishpeming Ladies Night arrives November 15

The Ishpeming Business Association will host the annual Ladies Night Out from 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15. The event offers prizes, raffles, wine tasting, music and punch cards for prize giveaways. Rollies Furniture is featuring artists, crafters and vendors with space still available; call Judy at 486-8621 to reserve a spot. The event is open to all Ishpeming Business Association supporters. For Ishpeming businesses that would like to participate, an IBA suggested annual donation is $50 and supports events such as this one, the Festival of Treasures and Christmas activities. Visit the Ishpeming Business Association on Facebook or call 486-8680 for further information.

16th annual Holiday Art Sale set for November 19

The 2016 Holiday Art Sale will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 10 to 4 p.m. in the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. The sale will stretch through all three workshop spaces and into the Community Room. There will be over 30 artists exhibiting their work for the sale in a variety of mediums: wood, glass, metal, fibers/wearable art, painting, jewelry, ceramics, photography, and Christmas décor. For more information or questions, contact the center at arts-culture@mqtcty.org or call 228-0472.

Dollhouses on display at MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center is showcasing dollhouses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19. Children who bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal will get in for free. For more information, visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571.

MACC offers a number of November classes

From 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, Carl Mayer will teach a $35 watercolor class. Students must bring their own supplies and sign up prior to class by calling 226-8834. Also, Diane Kribs-Mays will teach a four-day course on peyote beaded bracelets and necklaces from 6 to 8 p.m. on November 1, 3, 9 and 10. The four-part workshop, which costs $80, will teach participants peyote stitch to make dimensional glass bead bracelets and necklaces, working with small beads. If needed, participants should bring a magnifying glass. To register for the course, which includes supplies, call 228-0472.

Beginner and intermediate Tai Chi classes offered

Learn beginner Tai Chi from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays with Marc Weinrick. Participants will learn traditional Yang style Tai Chi, a slow moving, graceful, meditative martial art that has been shown to benefit balance, blood pressure, cholesterol and muscle strength. An intermediate course will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. Those with moderate experience in Tai Chi of any style may learn Yang Family Tai Chi, including martial applications, Chi Gong, Daoist Yoga, and East Asian philosophy. Participants will improve strength, balance, mental clarity and self-confidence. Participants should bring a yoga mat, comfortable loose-fitting clothing and indoor athletic shoes. All classes take place at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library . The classes are part of the Creative Community Series, which is made possible by grant funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. To register for the courses, which are both $50 per month, call 228-0472. To learn more about how to host your own workshop or for any questions regarding the series, contact the Art Center at arts-culture@mqtcty.org or 228-0472.

Ishpeming community fund hosts ‘A Night at the Diner’

Celebrate “A Night at the Diner” with the Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund at their fundraiser dinner at the historic Mather Inn. Diner-type food (burgers and fries) will be served by saucy and sassy waiters and waitresses in 1950s garb. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1. Proceeds of the event will be used to fund grants and scholarships. Tickets cost $30 and are available at the Community Foundation of Marquette County office, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, TruNorth Credit Union, the Crocker and Rocker in Michigamme, and from members of the GIACF.

Marquette Choral Society presents Handel’s Messiah

The Marquette Choral Society, directed and conducted by Professor Erin Colwitz, will present the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah in concert at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. There is no admission fee but donations will be accepted. Soloists for the production are soprano Kathy Bushong, tenor Tony Beacco, bass-baritone Wayne Hanmer and mezzo-soprano Carin Gilfry.

Author’s corner

Author Robert D. Dobson will be signing a new book at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show at the Superior Dome in Marquette, which will be held the weekend of December 2, 3 and 4. Dobson has recently published a book of GPS Waypoints as a supplement for his book, The Railroad that Never Ran. It contains 16 places to visit that are often difficult to find. The new waypoints are useable with modern handheld GPS devices. The new book will be available at booth 238 at the Craft Show or on Amazon under R. D. Dobson.

Business in brief

• VAST has recently added four new members to their staff: Colleen Posey, Molly Strohm, James Gwinn and Alison Neumann. All four staff members have obtained their bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University.

• UP Health System-Marquette recently added the following employees: Thomas Schmidt, MD; Joseph Holcomb, CRNA; Maria Cristina Chan, MD, at Marquette Family Medicine; and Jamie S. Johnson, DO.

• Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center has added Jesse Heard, MD, at the Gwinn Family Health Center.

• Windsong Studios recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate their grand opening. Windsong Studios makes and sells stained glass, jewelry, fused glass, and embroidered, sewn and woven items. Local artists are featured with originals, prints, stained-glass supplies and classes. Windsong Studios, located at 130 W. Washington St. in Marquette, held a grand expansion open house celebration on October 22.

• U.P. Home Health & Hospice recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) to celebrate the relocation of their Marquette Office to 1125 W. Ridge St, Marquette. U.P. Home Health & Hospice is Marquette County’s only comprehensive provider of Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty services. (PIC)

• Thomas Theatre Group has reopened its Quinnesec location following major renovations over the past two months. The theatre has been 100 percent renovated to include new high back leather seating, new VIP seating, new hearing impaired devices with captioning and audio description, new concession stand, two new self-serve soft drink stations, restroom upgrades and a brand new lobby

News and notes from the Michigan DNR

• The Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved several fishing regulation changes at its October 13 meeting in Lansing. Those changes, regarding commercial bait, bow and spear fishing, and reptile and amphibian possession, went into effect mid-October. The regulations are part of multiple Fisheries Orders, which the DNR uses to protect Michigan’s aquatic resources. The Fisheries Orders include 201, 216, 219 and 224.

• Storm damage repairs to the Oman Creek boating access site have been completed. The site is located in western Gogebic County, several miles northwest of Ironwood. It is adjacent to Little Girl’s Point County Park, just upstream from the mouth of Oman Creek at Lake Superior. The boat launch was damaged significantly following devastating July storms that struck the area. Construction on the launch began October 3 and was expected to be completed by October 31.

• Michigan’s first elk hunt of 2016, which ended October 3, had a hunter success rate of 85 percent. One hundred state hunters had 12 days to fill their elk license, with 30 any-elk and 70 antlerless-only licenses issued.

• The Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education honored several Michigan educators at its annual conference in October, including several U.P. residents. Sarah Geborkoff, a teacher at Houghton Middle School has guided her student EcoChallenge team to win back-to-back rounds in the National Lexus EcoChallenge in 2015 and 2016. The honor is bestowed upon only eight schools a year nationally. Geborkoff also works with her students to implement the Huron Creek watershed stewardship project in the Upper Peninsula. Lauri Davis, a Houghton High School educator, was recognized for her role as a lead teacher for the Lake Superior stewardship project since 2014. Her students gather information and design an environmental project each year to aid the community. In addition, Davis has also been instrumental in assisting Michigan Technological University with its summer professional development programs for teachers. Theresa Neal, a park interpreter at Tahquamenon Falls State Park, was recognized for her contributions as an educator in a unique area of the state. Kevin Frailey, award chair for the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education and education services manager at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, described Neal’s impact as “tremendous.” “Tahquamenon Falls has more than 50,000 visitors who stop to see the falls on their way somewhere else,” Frailey said. “But Theresa always finds effective methods to slow them down and educate them about Michigan’s natural resources, whether it be about wolves or invasive species.” Neal has worked as a DNR park interpreter for 11 years.

• Following recommendations of the Lake Michigan Committee, the DNR will adjust Chinook salmon and lake trout stocking in 2017 and 2018 to relieve predation pressure on prey (alewives) in Lake Michigan. This will be the fourth significant stocking adjustment to predator levels since 1999. The five-member Lake Michigan Committee is made up from all state management agencies that border Lake Michigan and the Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority. Recommendations from the committee represent the consensus of its members. While most of the stocking adjustments will occur in other states, Michigan will stock 300,000 Chinook salmon in 2017 (down 46 percent from 2016) and will discontinue federally stocked lake trout in Grand Haven, Holland and New Buffalo in 2018. Lake Michigan’s Chinook fishery is supported by 60 percent wild fish that mostly are produced in Michigan’s rivers and streams. Michigan also will continue to stock 1.57 million coho salmon, 580,000 steelhead and 550,000 brown trout to maintain a diverse fishery.

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