November 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

On a cold and blustery Saturday evening, I took my son, clad in a truly adorable lion outfit (complete with ears, mane and a tail) out to brave the elements, in search of that illustrious childhood favorite—Halloween candy.

As the mom of a young child, I’m learning to see Marquette in a different light. I notice the cars that inch forward as you’re crossing the street with a two-year-old child. I now know where all the wonderful parks that exist all across the city are, places I never visited before but are a God-send on days when toddler energy levels are getting too much to keep up with.

And I’m also noticing just how many family-friendly events there are in this town. My husband and I took our son trick-or-treating for the very first time during the Downtown Marquette Treat street event the Saturday before Halloween. What a wonderful thing for local business owners to participate in. There were tons of kids lined up and down Washington and Third streets, and plenty of businesses willing to take part. It was one of the best times I’ve had this year with my son. Dressed up as a lion, he quietly roared his way from one business to the next, too shy to say too much, but not too shy for a smile as he held his little bag of candy open for more goodies to be dropped in.

In the coming November and December weeks, there is the Lighting up the Holidays parade and tree lighting in downtown Marquette, and Northern Michigan University’s family-friendly holiday festivities that include a visit from Santa. These are events I’ve not participated in much, but am so looking forward to now. You learn so much as a parent, but it’s a wonderful thing to be able to learn how to see this city I love in a different light. I am eternally grateful that I am able to live and work in this amazing place.

The stories you’ll find in the coming pages embody the reasons behind that gratitude, as they take a look at the wonder and beauty that is Lake Superior (and the awe-inspiring power of her waters); Area artists that create so much beautiful work, much of it inspired by the great outdoors; and the places and organizations that serve as community hubs, bringing us all together for the love of a shared activity, like hockey, or subject, like the U.P.’s storied mining history.

I hope as you read on, you find these pages inspirational, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

We have traditionally been votes in the bank for Democratic candidates. This November, however, that will change.

There is a special election on November 7 to fill the vacancy created when we lost John Kivela, our beloved brother and friend. We are interested in making sure that his tradition of being bipartisan and putting the U.P. first continues.

We know Rich Rossway. He truly cares for the U.P. way of life and shares our U.P. values. He is a native Yooper, someone passionate about serving the people here and he will be a strong advocate for economic development and U.P. job growth. He is a great listener, a great communicator, and believes in building strong bipartisan relationships. Rich has strong family values and is incredibly hardworking. He is an Army Veteran—an experienced leader who will work to get the job done.

Rich will be a strong advocate for all U.P. families, including those of us in the LGBTQ community. He is approachable and kind, always willing to lend a listening ear.

We are proud to call Rich our friend.

We endorse Rich Rossway for state representative in the 109th district.

— Gale Knight and Kris Kivela

Dear Editor,

Many of us will remember October 24, 2017 for years, possibly decades to come, and I personally will never forget.

Only the elements could express the turmoil I felt inside, as I was again excluded from expressing my political views, explaining my party’s platform and the vision I’ve had of what the Upper Peninsula could be as opposed to what it is.

My name is Wade Roberts and I am the Green Party’s nominee for the second time to run in the November 7, 2017 general election against Sara Cambensy and Rich Rossway for the remainder of the term of the late John Kivela.

Fox UP TV 6 has been pivotal in this election process and though I’ve run into their reporters in the field, I’ve yet to be granted an interview or receive coverage.  I was similarly excluded from a “non-partisan” forum last October 13 in the Community Room of Peter White Public Library after being welcomed by the hosts and given a seat at the table; the established politicians present insisted I be excluded; though only four of the 10 invited had bothered to show up.

Scott Dianda insisted I had to leave the stage, as the forum was to be aired on cable, so only the views of the four Democrats present were aired for the public.

When I gathered my briefcase and stepped off the stage, it wasn’t difficult to find a seat, as several who had waited patiently for the program to begin had walked out in disgust over my exclusion and that sentiment was shared by those I passed to take a seat in the audience.

Once again, in spite of my service to the people of the State of Michigan as a corrections officer and my sacrifice, I am being denied a place at the table and the constituents of the 109th are being denied an opportunity to share in the vision of a truly sustainable economy that would benefit us all, regardless of the demographic we fit.

What they didn’t get to hear is a vision of grassroots democracy where real power is returned to the townships and of decentralized public schools and local currencies to promote the expansion of agriculture throughout this district.

Or of a decentralized power grid, made of up literally hundreds, potentially thousands of small independent power producers supplying their micro grids with energy derived from wind, solar and wood biomass, interconnected with the main grid for safety, stability and economical delivery of base load power throughout the central U.P.

On the white knuckle drive from my home in Munising that afternoon alongside a raging Lake Superior and highway covered in downed leaves, tree limbs and windblown sand; I counted scores of wind fallen trees that should have been culled from the roadside long before this storm and utilized to replace the coal, oil and gas we will import to provide our electrical needs.   

— Wade Roberts

Green Party candidate for 109th Michigan House District

Dear Editor,

I am happy to endorse Rich Rossway, for the Michigan 109th House seat. I have known him for over 30 years.

He is dedicated to family and to U.P. values. I know he will he a hard working representative for the people of the 109th District. He will be a leader when he reaches Lansing as our next state rep. from the 109th District.

Please join me in supporting and voting for Rich Rossway to be our next State Representative.

— Carl V Pellonpaa

Dear Editor,

Thank you so very much for including the invaluable information on the candidates for the 109th District State House.  John Scram and I support Sara Cambensy.  She has the same integrity and moral compass I have seen you display in your career.

We know Sara will continue to work hard for the people as she has in her experiences on the city commission.   Sara has already proven she has the tenacity to deal with the hard questions and we have faith she will be successful in dealing with politicians in Lansing to appropriate the funding we are due as an integral part of the State of Michigan. We agree with Sara’s platform:  “Invest in our schools; Protect U.P. Jobs; Make Michigan Affordable and Protect our Health Care.”  We agree with Sara on her support of small business rather than provide corporate giveaways.  We have faith Sara will never forget the people have placed their trust in her.   

We recommend your readers refer to page 58 in the October 2017 Marquette Monthly for Sara’s response to your excellent questions on her solutions to challenges facing the 109th District.

— Theresa Scram

Dear Editor,

For the past few months, some people may have thought differently about my dad. Personally, I have never been more proud of him. There has been a lot of hate directed towards my family, friends of many years have disappeared, hateful words have been said, and endless stereotypes have been placed on us. It has felt like war, with my family the enemy. However, one person has stayed stronger in this family than the rest of us: my dad. Lately, I’ve looked back to simpler times to feel better. I remember one Christmas morning Dad saying we should check the roof to see if Santa came. We climbed up on the roof, and sure enough, sleigh tracks and reindeer tracks were there. Dad had climbed up earlier and somehow made them. I remember my dad coaching me in Little League baseball. I remember hitting my very first home run—as I ran down the bases I looked back towards him and saw him smiling bigger than I’d ever seen him smile. I remember my family driving for hours to get to swim meets just so my parents could sit in the stands and cheer us on. I remember him handing me and many others our high school diplomas. He was with me in the ER during my many sports injuries telling me that it would be okay. He was with me and many of you on the football field as the PA announcer. When I was 10, he swam side by side with me as we completed the 2-1/2 mile Teal Lake Swim. He was with me carrying furniture when I went to college. He has always been there for everyone in my family. He has been there for whoever needed him. He has always been strong and will always be strong, and I attribute that to his faith. I could not have been given a better dad. I could not have been given a more caring and supportive father. We still talk on the phone precisely at 11 each night. He is a person like you and I, and we are all on the same team, we all want what’s best for our family and neighbors. At the end of the day we all want everything to be okay. Remember that he is a family man who puts others above himself. I love you, Dad.

— Rainger Rossway

Dear Editor,

Rich Rossway is running for the 109th seat, vacated by his friend, the late John Kivela.

Rich is a strong leader who fights the tough battles. He is fiscally responsible, kind and very wise. He listens and works well with everyone, no matter what their political views may be. He does his homework and fights tirelessly for solutions that are right and fair for the people in Upper Michigan.

I am proud of Rich’s life as a public servant. His impressive list of qualifications show his ability to work effectively under pressure. He was on the executive board every year of his 17-year tenure on MAPS School Board. He was president for eight years, five consecutively. He was first to achieve advanced rating, then appointed to the Legislative board in Lansing. He was appointed to the Smart Zone by the city, was vice chair of Brownfield for eight years and was DMA president for two years. He held positions with the Ishpeming Cancer Society, MCAC, LSCP and many more. He is a member of Elks, the American Legion and served in the Army as a military policeman. Beyond his civic duties, he still finds time to support the youth in our area through coaching sports and announcing high school sporting events with a sense of humor and great voice.

Rich is a kind and honorable man. He is a devoted husband and father. He understands the issues and the needs of the people of the Upper Peninsula. He will work in a bipartisan manner to achieve the results that are fair for all of us. He understands the complex issues of funding our schools, the need for road 595, veteran care and insurance reform. He is supported by the NRA, Right to Life, and Michigan Farm Bureau, to name a few. He is well versed in policy, and is capable and willing to write and execute the passing of bills that work.

We live, work and worship in our unique Upper Peninsula. Our families deserve to have the best that we can give them, and to continue to prosper in our communities. Being a native Yooper, Rich understands, and has the desire and ability to lead. Please help me elect my husband, and get him working in Lansing for the 109th. Please vote November 7 in the special election for Rich Rossway.

— Rita Rossway, ASID, IDS

Bay College hosts FAFSA Completion Nights

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website to apply for financial aid for the 2018-2019 academic year opened October 1. Bay College Financial Aid Department will host a final FAFSA completion night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. Families can come to the Bay College HUB to get help completing the FAFSA online. Prior to attending, parents and students should create an FSAID (go to To complete, the parent and student should have the FAFSA: FSAID, Social Security Number, 2016 Federal Income Tax Returns and W-2s, other records of money earned, bank and investment records and records of untaxed income. For more information about FAFSA or to start filling out the application go to Contact Laurie Spangenberg, director of financial aid at Bay College, at 217-4065 or email her at for more information regarding the workshop or questions about FAFSA,

‘Logging Marks,’ special exhibit coming to MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center will begin its special exhibit Logging Marks on Wednesday, November 1 which, will run until Saturday, December 30. Participants will study these logs from around the Upper Peninsula and learn about the logging companies they represent. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the Rod Smith Family, is open during regular museum hours and included in the cost of admission.  Visit or call 226-3571 for more information.

Parking restrictions on Washington, Spring Street take effect

Effective Wednesday, November 1, parking restrictions on both the 200 and 300 blocks of Spring Street will begin. Motorists are advised that “no parking on this side of street” will be enforced on the north side of Spring Street on those blocks as well as on the north side of the 100 block of Washington street. This will remain in effect until April 1, 2018, or the end of the winter parking ban.

Practice yoga at the Bonifas

The Bonifas Arts Center will host an Ashtanga Yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27. Instructor Heather Bruss will teach students how to synchronize breath with standing postures and increase the benefits of their workout. Students should bring their own mat and block. Cost is $36 for members, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for walk-ins. Visit the Bonifas Arts Center website to register or for more information.

Enjoy a ‘Night at the Diner’

The Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund and the Community Foundation of Marquette County will host their 2nd Annual “Night at the Diner” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the River Rock Banquet Center in Ishpeming, which will be transformed into a 1950s diner. Burgers, fries, soda pop and ice cream will be served by local actors, and musical entertainment will be provided by members of the Negaunee Male Chorus. Participants are encouraged to dress up, as prizes will be awarded. Proceeds from this event will help fund grants in Ishpeming and Western Marquette County. Tickets are $30 each and are available at TruNorth Credit Union Ishpeming branch, Community Foundation of Marquette County, Steward & Sheridan, and Crock & Rocker in Michigamme.

Make copper jewelry at the Calumet Art Center

The Calumet Art Center will host a Copper Jewelry Class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, November 7, 14, and 21, and on Thursday, November 16. Participants will explore techniques in forming, forging, texturing, shaping and patina coloring of copper and create their own one-of-a-kind jewelry. The class fee is $75 and includes all materials. Pre-registration and payment is required by Friday, November 3. Call 934-2228 for more information.

Marquette Choral Society to hold free concert

The Marquette Choral Society, directed and conducted by Dr. Erin Colwitz, will present Laudate Dominum: Cantatas at the Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Several traditional hymns are included for audience participation. There are no tickets for these free concerts but a free-will offering will be accepted. The 100 plus voices of the Marquette Choral Society plus orchestra and the Diocesan Children’s Choir will present Arthur Honegger’s Une Cantate de Noël and Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicolas Cantata. Both of these relatively modern compositions deal with fairly ancient themes – Honegger’s Christmas Cantata (the 1st century) and Britten’s cantata about the 3rd-4th century patron-saint of children, seamen and travelers.

Local elections approaching

Elections for the cities and townships of Marquette County will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7. Elections will be held for the offices of the 109th Representative in State Legislature, the Marquette Board of Light and Power, Marquette City Commission, Negaunee City Council and Negaunee City Board of Review. Polling for the Charter Township of Chocolay Road Improvement Millage Proposal, Humboldt Township Road Millage Renewal, Humboldt Township Additional Road Millage, the Negaunee Township Road Improvement Program Millage, City of Negaunee Parks and Recreation Millage Renewal Request and the City of Negaunee Capital Equipment Millage Renewal Request.

MRHC presents ‘Our Fires Still Burn’ documentary

The Marquette Regional History Center will present Our Fires Still Burn, a one-hour documentary by filmmaker Audrey Geyer, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8. The documentary offers a view into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the Midwest. The film dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive and make contributions to society. There is a $5 suggested donation. Visit or call 225-3571 for more information.

AAUW to discuss Title IX

“Title IX Under Fire” will be discussed by the Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at 7 p.m. on  Thursday, November 9, at 104 W. Ridge Street in Marquette. Karlyn Rapport, who serves as Public Policy Representative for Marquette’s AAUW branch, will examine Title IX’s history and current threats to its effective enforcement. She will also lead a discussion about what can be done to support Title IX’s crucial work of protecting students. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Learn The ‘Art of the Bouquet’ at the Bonifas

Learn to create floral arrangements with instructor Dr. David Gafner at the Bonifas Arts Center class “The Art of the Bouquet,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, November 9 and December 7. Participants will learn to make harmonious, stylish and unique floral arrangements that are professional and in-tune with the season while being guided through selecting in-season flowers and plants and arranging them with contemporary style and flare. The November 9 session will focus on low-vase centerpieces and centerpieces for Thanksgiving tables. The December 7 session will focus on wreaths and other greenery for Christmas. Cost is $12 per session for members and $15 per session for nonmembers.

St. Louis the King Church to hold Bazaar event

The St. Louis the King Church Bazaar in Harvest will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, at the church. The bazaar will include a rummage sale, Rada knives, crafts, baked goods, jewelry, a silent auction, vendors and more. A light breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. for a cost of $3, and a luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. for a cost of $8.50.

Calumet Art Center hosts Mentoring Workshop

The Calumet Art Center will host a mentoring workshop with Ed Gray and Lynn Reed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, November 13. The workshop will include clay working, copper working and more. Cost is $35 and all materials will be provided. Call 934-2228 or visit the Calumet Art Center for more information or to register.

IBA to host Ladies Night Out

The Ishpeming Business Association (IBA) will host the annual “Ladies Night Out” from 1 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. The event offers prizes, raffles, wine tasting, music and punch cards for prize giveaways. Three bazaars are being held at Iron Range Insurance, the VFW and Earthly Treasures. Double Trouble will have a photo booth at Rollies. Visit the Ishpeming Business Association on Facebook or call 486-8680 for further information.

MACC to host art sale to

celebrate the holidays

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC), in cooperation with the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC), will host the 18th Annual 2017 Holiday Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, on Spring and Third Street. The change in venue from previous years is an effort to expand the event and attract new artists and audiences. There is a $2 admission fee, which includes entrance to the art sale, fancy bake sale, exhibits and annual dollhouse event. All proceeds support the MRHC.

Ampersand celebrates ground breaking

Ampersand Coworking, a Marquette Chamber of Commerce initiative held a Groundbreaking ceremony on October 18, in the Masonic Square. Ampersand Coworking is a 5,200-square foot coworking office to provide workspace for over 50 people in downtown Marquette. The office will consists of nine private offices, 15 semi-private workstations and 25 open work stations. Ampersand memberships are available to anyone and include all furnishings, Wi-Fi, meeting facilities, mail services, printing services, community programming and unlimited coffee. Contact the Marquette Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Ore to Shore organizers seeking new design

The Ore to Shore (O2S) Mountain Bike Epic is sponsoring a T-shirt design contest for the 2018 race. The winning design will be featured on around 2,500 participant and volunteer shirts and also be used for 2018 promotional marketing. The prize is $100 cash and booth space at the 2018 O2S Expo. Required elements include UP Health Systems Title Sponsor logo, the event date—August 11, 2018—and the phrases “19 Annual” and “Negaunee – Ishpeming – Marquette.” A light colored background is desired with dark ink for graphics and text. The design should have no more than three colors. Entries should be emailed to Submission deadline is Thursday, November 30. Contact or visit for more information.

Senior Skate kicks off

Monday Night Senior Skate at Lakeview Arena kicked off on October 30. Senior Skate is for those aged 50 or older or at the discretion of the senior center coordinator. Skating hours are from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. Skating takes place in the Olson Rink. The session is free to City of Marquette residents. There is a $4 charge for non-residents.

Ninth Annual UP Service Awards announced

Two Marquette County residents and a business are among outstanding volunteers honored recently during the ninth annual U.P. Service Awards program at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to recognize exemplary volunteer efforts throughout the U.P. Jim Matteson of Marquette received the award for his active engagement with church, civic engagement and helping people especially in areas of education, poverty and working conditions. Thomas Willey of Ishpeming received the award for his position as an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 302. Upper Peninsula Health Plan received the award in the business community leader category. Honorees were presented with plaques in a luncheon program during the conference at Northern Michigan University on October 12.

MACC accepting entries for Star Wars Art Show

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is accepting entries for a Star Wars themed art show running December 15 through 29. Any artwork that embodies the spirit of Star Wars will be accepted in this week-long, non-juried show open to all ages and experience levels. All work must be submitted to the MACC by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. A reception will be held in conjunction with the Peter White Public Library’s Star Wars Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 15. Artists and the public are welcome to attend. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Padawans—ages 10 and under, Jedi Knights—ages 11 to 17, and Jedi Masters—ages 18 and up. There is no size limitation for entries. All artistic mediums welcomed. Two-dimensional works must be ready to hang, except for unframed art by youth aged 7 to 18 that may be adhered with tape. Number of pieces per artist will depend on the sizes and available space. Entry forms are available at the MACC or may be requested by email. Call 228-0472 or email for more


Make your own seasonal masterpiece

The Bonifas Arts Center will host a Seasonal Landscape Series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, November 3 and 17. Instructor Staci Berg will aid participants in creating their own masterpieces that reflect the seasonal landscape. This acrylic painting is done on a 16-by-20 wrapped canvas and all supplies are included. Cost is $25 per class for members and $30 per class for nonmembers.

Annual Turkey Trot to raise money for MSHS orchestra

The Annual Marquette Turkey Trot, a 5k and 10k run and fundraising event for the Marquette Senior High School (MSHS)  Orchestra and Key Club. It will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 23. The course starts at the MSHS canopy entrance and heads down the paved bike path toward Tourist Park, which is the 5k turnaround. The 10k course continues along the path towards the ore dock before Presque Isle. Dogs are welcome and will be rewarded for the fastest 5k and 10k finisher. Race Day Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the MSHS canopy entrance. Online registration closes at 11:50 p.m.  on Monday, November 20. Online Registration is available at Contact Kim Carr at for more information.

Lake Linden to host Craft & Food Bazaar

The 2017 Lake Linden All Local Craft & Baker’s Bazaar will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Joseph Church on Saturday, November 25. The event will feature local vendors and a lunch will be provided by St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus. Admission is free. Call 806-790-7798 or email for more information or a for a vendor space.

Belly dance at the Bonifas

The Bonifas Arts Center will host a beginners belly dancing session on Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6. Certified instructor Jenna Harmon will teach basic belly dancing moves and their benefits such as, reducing stress, improving balance and improving overall toning. Participants will be able to create their own routine after the duration of the sessions.  Cost is $30 for members and $38 for non members. To register visit the Bonifas Arts Center website.

MRHC presents wreath

making workshop

The Marquette Regional History Center will host a Wreath Making Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. Instructed by Rosemary Michelin, participants will learn how to make wreaths from natural materials. All materials are included in the $20 workshop fee. Space is limited to 20 people with advance sign up only. Visit or call 226-3571 for more information.

View French films at NMU’s Modern Languages Lab

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

Catch the fever at the Calumet Theatre

The Calumet Theatre will host Night Fever—The Ultimate Tribute to the Bee Gees at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. The event will feature the three Brothers Gibb performed by Joe Varga as Robin Gibb, John Acosta as Barry Gibb, and Matthew Wale as Maurice Gibb as well as two backup singers, guitar, bass, drums, violins and horns. Night Fever will feature over 25 Bee Gee hits including “I Started a Joke,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talking” and more. Night Fever, an all-Canadian cast from Ontario backed by professional musicians, captures the sound and look of the Bee Gees. Tickets are $26 and $30. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Improvements made to National Forest Mountain Bike Trails

Over the course of the past five months, Hiawatha National Forest has implemented significant improvements for mountain bike riders using Bruno’s Run Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail and Valley Spur Mountain Bike Trail. The trail improvements will benefit the resource and support the local recreation economy. According to Mark Bender, forest service recreation Technician and trails coordinator, 2.1 miles of new single track trail were added to the Valley Spur Trail system. Meanwhile, at Bruno’s Run Trail, 3,400 feet of trail were completed, including re-routes that address erosion and trail design problems. The Superior Watershed Partnership and Munising Bay Trail Network, contributed significantly to the trail work accomplishments. In addition to the recreation benefit of the projects, the re-routes reduce erosion and improve sustainability of the trails

UPEC grant application is open, deadline approaching

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition Annual Community Conservation Grant Program application deadline for 2018 grants is Wednesday, January 10. The Community Conservation Grant Program is designed to challenge U.P. communities to promote conservation values within their watershed or local area. The grants, up to $10,000 each, are for planning or implementing local conservation projects that engage a variety of stakeholders within a community, from recreational and sportsmen’s groups to naturalists, township officials, churches and schools.

Celebrate the annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade

The Marquette Downtown Development Authority will host the 7th Annual “Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade” and 42nd Annual City of Marquette Tree Lighting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 1. Illuminated floats, tinsel-strewn trucks and colorful carolers will transform Third Street into a magical scene from the North Pole. After the parade, spectators are welcomed to the Marquette Commons where Santa Claus and friends will light up downtown at the annual City of Marquette Tree Lighting. Festivities include a performance by the Marquette Senior High School Redmen Chorale, pony rides, hot chocolate and photos with Santa Claus. The Marquette Post Office staff will lend a helping hand to Santa’s elves by collecting children’s letters to Santa along the Holiday Parade route. The parade begins at the corner of North Third Street and Fair Avenue and ends at the Marquette Commons.

Business in brief…

•Lea Dziesinski has been promoted from assistant market manager of the River Valley Bank Marquette branch to market manager of River Valley Bank’s Copper Country locations including both Houghton and Calumet. In her new role, Dziesinski will be responsible for overseeing operations at both locations, growing customers’ financial relationships, team development and community involvement.

•Accelerate UP, the Michigan Small Business Development Center and the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) held a public one-year celebration for Red’z Bulgogi BBQ-Marinade, a local sauce company based in the Marquette area. After one year of being sold commercially, Red’z Bulgogi BBQ-Marinade is being carried by 127 stores throughout the Midwest.

•Western Marquette County Health Foundation (WMCHF) announced their new partnership with the Superior Health Foundation (SHF) aimed toward combating Substance Abuse in the Upper Peninsula.

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