October 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

Included in this edition is a voters guide on the race for the 109th Michigan House District seat. Democrat Sara Cambensy, Green Wade Roberts and Republican Rich Rossway are all vying for the seat formerly held by the late John Kivela. Whoever wins will certainly have big shoes to fill.

We sent each candidate nine questions on topics ranging from education to the environment to the economy. Candidates were given 1,000 words to spread out among the nine questions as they saw fit, and were asked to submit a 100-word biography as well. Their answers were not edited in any way. We hope you find the guide informative and helpful as you head to the polls November 7.

And, of course, we hope you take a look at everything our group of freelancers has put together for you this month. From a rough and tumble town in the glory days of iron mining to a profile on the new director of the Forest Roberts Theatre, to an old-time radio show coming back for a new audience in Calumet and much, much more, I have no doubt you’ll find something that interests you in this, MM’s October 2017 edition.

We’re proud that each and every month we’re able to create for you, Dear Reader, a magazine created by your friends and neighbors, about your friends and neighbors. Our page count may be getting larger, but our mission is still the same–share the stories about the people, places and things that make the Upper Peninsula the truly wonderful place it is.

We hope the following articles reflect that mission. And we hope as you read them that you find them inspirational, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

—Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

We humans have a way of taking things for granted, our health, the people we love, Public Radio.

We don’t pay attention, thinking that things will naturally take care of themselves…until they don’t.

Stop and think a minute about your community and all the things that make a difference in your quality of life.  Things like concert performances, parades, county and state fairs, sporting events, music, food, and arts festivals, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, junior hockey, little league baseball, youth soccer, museums, senior services, homeless services, children’s services, parks and recreation services, community gardens and farmers’ markets, Public TV13 and Public Radio 90…. the list could go on and on.

Now think about how different life would be without all these things.  Not a pleasant thought.

What you may not realize is that none of this would happen without people just like you; people willing to make a difference in their community by giving their money and their time to make it a welcoming friendly place to live and raise a family.

WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 has been a part of our upper Great Lakes community for more than 50 years because of people like you who do more than listen, you contribute money every year to help keep WNMU operating and provide the public radio programs and services we all value.

During October, Public Radio 90 needs your help in raising $65,000 to maintain our current programming, broadcast and streaming services, so every dollar you give will really makes a difference. Please send your check today to Public Radio 90, NMU, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI 49855 or give online at WNMUFM.org by clicking on the red donate button on the top right of the page. Even a small gift will make a big difference.

With traditional state and federal funding sources shrinking, and with the competition for those shrinking dollars even greater than ever before, our ability to continue operating for the next 50 years will truly depend on listeners like you.

Please take another minute to really appreciate all the great things in your community then get out your checkbook or credit card and give a generous donation to those you appreciate most.

Or, roll up your sleeves and volunteer your time to help out at the next community event.  There are some things that no amount of money in the world can accomplish without people working together to get it done.  You’ll feel more a part of your community and your friends and neighbors will appreciate your volunteer efforts.

And we’ll all get to continue enjoying this great quality of life we have here in our wonderful Upper Peninsula.

—Evelyn Massaro

station manager

WNMU/Public Radio 90

Celebrate Fall colors at Festival Ruska

Finlandia University will host Festival Ruska September 27 through 30, to celebrate the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Finnish roots and the peak fall colors of the Copper Country. Festival events will include a French-Canadian dance featuring the Thimbleberry Band, a U.P. dialect presentation, a  Mölkky tournament, the debut of Festival Ruska’s bad movie night and more. Visit finlandia.edu/ruska or call the Finnish American Heritage Center at 487-7347 for a full list of events or for more information.

Carnegie Museum holds Night at the Museum

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw in Houghton closed September 11 through 15 in order to install new/old lighting to continue their ongoing effort to restore the 1910 character of the building, while adapting for its new purpose. To better illuminate the exhibit space, they will install track lighting and hang three reproduction chandeliers to help recreate the ambience of the original interior. These efforts, in part, were made possible by a grant from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission. The changes made to the museum will be revealed from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, at the Night at the Museum—Annual Membership Gala Drive event where participants can renew their membership, see the new lighting, enjoy food, drinks and musical entertainment. Admission is $25 for a friend, which admits one and $60 for a patron, which admits two.

UPCAP to host Medicare seminar

The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress’ (UPCAP) Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is offering a free seminar to help those new to Medicare understand their benefits and choices. The seminar will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, at the Lakeview Arena’s Citizen Forum Room in Marquette.

Bonifas offers Friday

night fun

The Bonifas Art Center will host Friday Night Live!, a night of live entertainment, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., September 29. Tickets will be available in advance at the front desk of the Bonifas, online at the Bonifas website and at the door. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Bring your own beverages. Snacks will be provided. Downtown restaurants will feature friday night specials in coordination with the event and Leigh’s will be remaining open an additional hour, from 6-7 p.m., to accommodate people attending the cabarets. The center is looking for performers, technicians, general house management and food donations. Contact the events coordinator, to donate your time and/or talent.

MSUE to host understanding tourism workshop

The Michigan State University Extension Office will host a workshop targeting elected officials, organizations, businesses and residents in the central U.P. on Understanding Tourism for Michigan communities. Objectives include demonstrating the magnitude and significance of the tourism industry, exposing communities to relevant tourism trends and travelers interests, and to provide a facilitated, open forum for innovative and collaborative exchange for developing tourism across the region. The workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 4 at the Ramada Inn in Marquette. Registration is required. Contact the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 228-7749 for more information. The event is sponsored by the Michigan tourism Strategic Plan.

Holocaust survivor to present at Bay College

Bay College Campus Activities Board and the Bay College in Escanaba  Diversity Committee will host Holocaust Survivor Peter Stein at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, in the Besse Theater of Bay College. Stein will speak about his family and their experiences during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Introducing his family members and sharing their experiences as well as his own, Stein explores the larger historical context of WWII, anti-semitism and the Holocaust. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at http://baycollege.tix.com or in person at the Student Accounts Office in the Student Services Building.

Finnish-American Heritage Center to host enrichment classes

Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center will host community enrichment classes beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 4. Tiina Sakari of Atlantic Mine will lead a Finnish I course appropriate for people with no Finnish language experience, or those with minimal background in Finnish. Finland native and Copper Country resident Anna Leppanen will instruct the Finnish II course, designed for people with some skill in the language. Jeanne Medlyn, a longtime and well-versed fiber artist, will share her skills in beginning spinning classes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3. Students do not need their own spindle or spinning wheel, though some other materials could require an additional fee. There will also be a seminar by Finlandia University adjunct English instructor Marlene Broemer. Titled “Finland in the 21st Century,” the seminar will cover various aspects of the contemporary Finnish, including the economy, culture, sports, art and design, religion, education and more. All classes are roughly an hour and half and continue for eight weeks. The seminars will be conducted in English, although some Finnish language will be presented. Call 487-7549 for further information.

CCCAC minigrant information workshop held

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). Minigrants 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. Minigrant 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, art restorations, powwows, 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. Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2018, for projects taking place March 1 through September 30, 2018. All applications must be submitted online using the e-grant system. Application guidelines are available online at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation website. A grant information workshop will be offered free and open to the public at Iron County Historical Museum at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4. Contact Cynthia Coté, regranting coordinator, at 482-2333 or email cynthia@coppercountryarts.com to make an appointment or for more information.

MRHC presents Maritime Memories

The Marquette Regional History Center will host an evening of “Maritime Memories” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. Spend an evening with character reenactors as they tell their stories of serving at the Marquette and Eagle Harbor lighthouses from the Civil War to the turn of the century. Participants will meet two female lighthouse keepers, Eliza Truckey and Mary Ann Wheatley, as well as the first captain of the U.S. Life Saving Service in Marquette, Captain Henry Cleary. There is a $5 Suggested donation. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Celebrate fall with Fourth Annual Harvest Fest

The fourth annual Baraga Avenue Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday, October 7, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Baraga Avenue in Downtown Marquette. The festival will feature food and drink, live music, street dance, children’s activities and other harvest-themed activities for all ages. Downtown district businesses will highlight their offerings with sales and information booths. Youth are invited to explore large equipment, emergency response vehicles and construction trucks at the “big truck petting zoo,” while the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum will once again sponsor a chalk art exhibition and contest featuring street-canvas harvest-themed paintings by local artists, individuals and groups. For more information on the chalk painting or to sponsor a square, visit the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s website. The big-truck petting zoo will be joined by a live-animal petting zoo, bounce house, miniature golf course and a mechanical bull. For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 228-9745 or visit their website.

AAPS announces new


The Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS), a non-profit organization, announced a new initiative—the Generation to Generation Project. The 13th Annual Conference on Ancient America will take place Friday through Sunday, October 6 to 8, at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris. The conference, co-sponsored by Ancient American Magazine, offers a meal package to purchase as well as reduced rates to stay at The Island Hotel. Contact Judy Johnson at 942-7865 or 810-299-5210 for more information or to register. Visit www.aapsCopper.org to read more about speakers, programs, activities or to register online.

Pull together your painting with a class at the MACC

As a part of the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Creative Community Series Kathleen Conover will host a “Finishing: Order from Chaos” class from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 3, through Thursday, October 5. The master of composition will help each individual student assess what is and is not working within a painting to bring style and order. There is a $275 fee. A $100 deposit is required. Contact Michele Tuccini at mtuccini@chartermi.net or by calling 250-7364 to register.

Benefit concert held to

support memorial monument

Oren Tikkanen will host A Benefit Concert of American Roots Music in support of the Italian Hall Victims’ Memorial Monument from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. The event will feature Keweenaw Brew Grass, The Acoustic Jimmy Hats, The 1913 Singers, Michelle Hawkins, Valerie DePriest, The Thimbleberry Band and more. A reception in the Theatre Ballroom will follow. All donations are welcome. The event is courtesy of the Calumet Theatre. Visit facebook.com/wepaytribute for more information.

Film shown for wolf


The documentary film “Medicine of the Wolf,” will be presented in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 9. Filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into wolf country to pursue the deep intrinsic value of “brother wolf” and our forgotten promise to him. The film, shown in observance of Wolf Awareness Month, is sponsored by the Great Lakes Region of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition. Wolfwatcher seeks to educate the public, advocating for science-based decision-making at every level of government. A question-answer session will follow the film.

Learn pottery with Al Hansen

Build a unique piece of pottery from scratch with artist Al Hansen from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, and Tuesday. October 24, at the Bonifas Art Center. Learn techniques in hand-building and glazing and create your own artistic platter. All pieces are food safe and ready for pick up after the final firing. No clay experience required. The first session will cover handbuilding and wheel throwing: slump mold plates with texture. The second session will cover glazing. The class is $45 for members and $48 for non members. To register visit the Bonifas Art Center’s website. Registration deadline is October 3.

Creating Confident Caregivers to hold workshop

Creating Confident Caregivers is a program in select regions of Michigan for family caregivers of persons with dementia and or memory loss. Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists. This university tested program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness as a caregiver. Brought in part by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter, the next workshop starts October 9, in Marquette. The six-week workshop meets from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday’s. There is no charge to participants for the weekly sessions or materials and respite care may be available through participating area agencies while caregivers attend the workshop. Contact 1-800-305-8137, dial 2-1-1 or visit us on the web at www.upcap.org for more information.

MACC announces October exhibits

The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s October LSAA Gallery exhibition is by NMU professors Taimur Cleary and Christine Lenzen. “Untitled (Unearthed)” is an exhibition of photographs and an interactive installation. A large collection of photographs highlights individual specimens and groupings. Pedestals and containers throughout the space encourage viewers o create, and highlight their own selections from the hundreds of actual rocks placed in the gallery. The SmallWorks Gallery features work by Kazuhiro Kojima, a ceramist from Higashiomi, Japan. This exhibit is part of the Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership and Higashiomi Japan Artist Exchange Program. Both exhibits will be displayed October 3 through 29 with an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 5. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

AAUW to discuss


Gerrymandering and its effects on Michigan Voters is the topic of the Marquette chapter of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Federated Women’s Club House at 104 E. Ridge Street in Marquette. Contact Karlyn Rapport, AAUW public policy representative, at 906 226-8060 or krapport@chartermi.net or Hal Gurian, presenter for Voters Not Politicians, at (410) 340-7323 or hgurian1@gmail.com for more information.

MSUE to hold Smart Gardening Vegetable Conference

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) will host a Smart Gardening Vegetable Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, in St. Ignace. Participants will learn about healthy soils, season extension, helpful tips and tricks for vegetables and gardening for pollinators and beneficial insects. MSUE educators will provide presentations on smart gardening topics. Attendees can win garden-themed door prizes and enjoy a catered lunch. Vendors with garden-themed items will also be on site. Early bird registration of $50 is due by Friday, September 30. Normal registration of $60 is from Sunday, October1 through Friday, October 6. Participants must register by October 6 in order to participate at the event. Registration includes snacks, lunch, handouts, access to MSU Extension’s Smart Gardening tip sheets and door prizes. Contact Rebecca Krans at kransr@anr.msu.edu or by calling 875-0606 for more information.

Altered Book Art Series held at Escanaba Public Library

The Friends of the Escanaba Public Library will hold “Folded up—Altered Book Art Series” from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Thursdays of October 12 and October 19. Participants will create a silhouette of the U.P. by folding the pages of an old book. All materials are supplied, but registration is required. Call 789-7323 to register.

Master musicians to present concert and workshop

Master guitar builder and player, Wayne Henderson, and singer/fiddler Helen White, will present a concert and an interactive talk and demonstration workshop on old-time Appalachian music in Marquette.  The Concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 13, in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and over, and free to children under 12. The free Workshop will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, in the Community Room of the library. The monthly acoustic community jam will follow the workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Participants are encouraged to stay and play, listen or both. The events are sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Contact Phil Watts at pwatts@nmu.edu or by calling 226-9868 for more information.

Candidate forum to be held for Marquette city commission

A Candidate Forum for the Marquette City Commission will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, at the Marquette City Commission Chambers at Marquette City Offices. The six candidates running for the three open seats on the Marquette City Commission have been invited—Tom Baldini, Justin Brugman, Peter Frazier, Tony Ghiringhelli, Jermey Ottaway and Fred Stonehouse. The forum will include opening statements, audience questions and closing statements. The moderator for the evening will be a league member. The public is invited to attend the forum and written audience questions will be collected and, as time allows, asked by the moderator during the forum. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delta County, Marquette County Unit. Contact Darlene T. Allen at 225-9103 or d-and-d@chartermi.net for more information.

Bonifas to host toddler art sessions

The Bonifas Art Center will host Toddler Art sessions lead by professional teachers and musicians. Toddlers will combine fun and learning to help nurture imagination, problem solving and developing motor skills. Art stations and music will provide hands on fun for toddlers up to age 3 and their caregivers. The first session which began last month, will conclude its classes on October 5, 12 and 19. Session two will begin October 26 and continue with classes on November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7 and 14. Seven-week sessions cost $35. Per day sessions cost $5.

Find Order in the Court! At the MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center will present Order in the Court! at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 18. Attorney Richard VanderVeen and Judge Mike Anderegg will recount three court cases held in Marquette County. Participants will hear about the actual trial which was the basis for the film Anatomy of a Murder, Charlotte  Kawbawgam vs. Jackson Iron Company, and the Theodore  Roosevelt vs. George Newett libel case. There is a $5 suggested donation. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Frest Coast Fest celebrates the Great Lakes

The Fresh Coast Film Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday, October 19 to 22, in Downtown Marquette. The documentary film festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest.

Great Girls in Michigan History celebrated at MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center Special Exhibit space hosts Great Girls in Michigan History from September 20 through October 18. The exhibit celebrates nine girls from across Michigan including a wrestler, an activist and a soldier who did great things before they turned 20. U.P. girls Nancy Harkness Love, Copper Country aviator during World War II, and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Ojibwe creative writer and translator, are featured.  The traveling exhibit was created by the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and sponsored by Zonta Club of Marquette. Visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Support the Women’s Center with an Evening of Elegance

Tickets are on sale for the Landmark Inn’s annual Evening of Elegance, a fundraiser for the Women’s Center’s programs and its shelter, Harbor House, on Saturday, October 21, at the Landmark Inn. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a bucket raffle in the lobby. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with a live auction in the Harbor Room. Landmark Inn chefs and guest chefs prepare a creative five-course epicurean dinner for the occasion. All food is donated by local food vendors. The Women’s Center will honor Holly Greer at the event. Greer was Marquette’s first female mayor, the first executive director of the Women’s Center, and the driving force behind Marquette’s multi-use path along the lakeshore which today is known as the Holly Greer Shoreline Bikepath. Dinner tickets are $100. Bucket raffle tickets are available before the event at a discounted rate of $20 for 15 tickets or at the event at a rate of $20 for 10 tickets. For tickets or for more information, contact the Women’s Center at 225-1236. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Women’s Center.

Troy Graham & Emily Smith to perform at Escanaba Public Library

Local singer-songwriter Troy Graham and vocalist Emily Smith will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at the Escanaba Public Library. The event is free to the public and supported by the Escanaba Friends of the Escanaba Public Library.

Celebrate Archaeology Day with the MRHC

The Marquette Regional History Center will host an Archaeology Fair from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 21, to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Learn about archaeology through hands-on activities, demonstrations, artifacts and displays at interactive booths throughout the entire museum. Meet regional experts and see what is being discovered in the Upper Peninsula region. Fair included with the cost of general admission. Cost for adults is $7, for seniors $6, for students $3 and $2 for youth 12 and under.

Watercolor class to be

held at the MACC

Take a watercolor paint class with Carl Mayers from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24. Students must bring their own supplies. Registration is $35. Prior registration is required. Call 226-8834 to sign up.

Senior Acting Classes to be held at MACC

Senior Acting classes will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday in October at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center. These classes are open to individuals ages 60 and up and cater to a wide variety of skill levels. Participation is free to City of Marquette residents, but non-residents are welcome to attend for a small donation of $5 per class to help cover the cost of instruction. Contact the City Senior Center at 228-0456 to register or for more information.

Munising hosts DIA exhibit

This summer Munising was selected by the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) to participate in the DIA Inside/Out program. Munising is the first community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to host the exhibit. The exhibit includes 15 high-quality reproductions of well-known works of art from the DIA’s permanent collection that have been placed throughout downtown Munising for a walking tour. The exhibit will remain in Munising until approximately October 23. Visit dia.org/insideout for a map of installation locations around Munising.

New City of Marquette email and website domain launches

All city of Marquette email addresses have been changed from mqtcty.org to marquettemi.gov. Emails sent to the old address should forward to the new address for the immediate future, however any email sent from Aug. 23 through Aug. 26 may have been undeliverable and may need to be resent. The city’s website has also changed from mqtcty.org to marquettemi.org.

Learn Tai Chi at the MACC

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, with Marc Weinrick’s Beginners Tai Chi in the Gallery class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Fridays. The class is open to people of all ages. No experience required. Participants should bring a yoga mat, comfortable or loose fitting clothing and indoor athletic shoes to class. There is a $50 per month registration fee. Call 228-0472 to register.

Learn to cook with What’s Cooking series

The What’s Cooking series of cooking demonstrations, is back at the Bonifas Arts Center. Each of the sessions which are held on the first Tuesday of the month, include step-by-step demonstrations in the kitchen and samples in the gallery. Participants will leave with a list of tips and recipes in hand. A questions and answers period will follow demonstrations. This fall, sessions will focus on healthy, local and budget–conscious cooking. Local chefs will use in-season, locally-sourced produce and grass-fed or organic meats, eggs and diary purchased from local farmers. The October 3 session, taught by Mike Berg, will demonstrate how to make freshly baked bread with local butter, cheeses and apples. The November 7 session will focus on a Thanksgiving feast using local produce and meats. This food photography class is taught by Chef Robim Holmes. The December 5 session will demonstrate how to make winter stew with local beef, taught by  Mary Malnor. Cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

UPEC announces annual grant program

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition announces its annual Environmental Education Grant program. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 5. The UPEC Board has approved funding for annual special non-endowed designated mini-grants. The funds represent a commitment to environmental education in the U.P. by providing small grants each year to educator-promoted environmental projects within public or private K-12 schools. Grant maximums are $500 per year.  Please e-mail completed applications to upec@upenvironment.org. Applications must be submitted in either a Microsoft Word file or a pdf format and in one file.

Health Foundation grant cycle opens

The Western Marquette County Health Foundation’s next grant cycle begins October 1. Community members are encouraged to apply for a grant this fall. The foundation provides funding for health and wellness solutions such as chronic disease education, mental health and social and emotional support, prenatal health, health and wellness, obesity, uninsured or underinsured (primarily children) and more,  for the communities within Western Marquette County. The foundation will prioritize funding based on programs that service a specific geographic area. Grants are required to affect at least one of the following: the cities of Ishpeming or Negaunee and/or the nine townships of Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond. To apply for a grant visit the Western Marquette County Health Foundation’s website or call Kelsey at ginccdirector@gmail.com or call 486-1111 for more information.

YDWP seeks volunteers to monitor trout streams

Since 2004 the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) has conducted a Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program every spring and fall in both the Yellow Dog and Salmon Trout watersheds. Through a partnership with the Michigan Clean Water Corp, YDWP collects biological samples and conducts a chemical analysis which results in a stream quality score. Using this thorough water quality assessment, YDWP can identify potential and/or current threats within these invaluable coldwater trout streams. Volunteers collect and sort through the samples to gauge how much diversity of species occurs and what type of species are most frequent. To participate, please contact YDWP’s Programs Assistant at sarah@yellowdogwatershed.org. Email your name and contact information along with your availability. No special skills are required.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers Moves Foundation to Marquette

Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) recently teamed up with the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) to celebrate the relocation of the GLRC Foundation. The foundation office, once located in Ishpeming, has recently moved to the GLRC’s outpatient office in Marquette. In the past five years, the Great Lakes Recovery Centers Foundation has been the fundraising arm of the Great Lakes Recovery Centers. The foundation oversees grant writing and fundraising events such as the Annual Run for Recovery and the Peter White Family Cabins event.

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