South Country Connection – July 2009

SARC offers dog listening

The Salvation Army Recreation Center (SARC) in K.I. Sawyer will host the summer lunch program through the Gwinn School system and the United States Department of Agriculture for all youth up to the age of eighteen.
The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through August 21. Call 346-5974 for details.


Dog listener class offered

Whether you have a new puppy or an old friend, this class will teach you to be the leader in your “pack” by coaching forth your calm-assertive energy.
Your dog will learn to listen to you, and you will learn what it is trying to tell you. Have the relationship with your dog that you both want.
The first two-hour workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 15. The two follow-up classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 22 and July 29.
Cost is $8 for the three sessions. Registration will be limited to the first fifteen participants.
Participants must bring a leash, collar and assure us that their dog is not a threat to safety.
For details, call Andrew Bek at 226-5392 or e-mail Call Doug at the SARC at 346-5974 or e-mail to register by July 8.


Wii Doo for Doug Fundraiser

Help the SARC raise $250 by August 1 to purchase a Nintendo Wii, and as a added bonus, volunteers will shave the hair off of Doug the SARC Director. Donations may be dropped off at the SARC at 302 Explorer in K.I. Sawyer.


Sawyer Seniors & Friends

Sawyer Seniors & Friends meets every Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the SARC.
Sawyer Seniors and friends is open to anyone eighteen years of age or older. The group gets together for friendship and fellowship over snacks and refreshments.
Come and find out what may be happening in our community or play some board games. Sawyer Seniors have monthly shopping trips (except for three months during the summer) and other planned outings.
For details, call Doug 346-5974 or e-mail at


News and notes

• Youth and adults are invited to the SARC from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday nights to create seasonal crafts with Pam. All supplies are provided.
• Salvation Army Family Evenings will not be conducted over the summer months. S.A.F.E. will resume again in September.
• The Salvation Army Recreation Center is open from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, Teens Only Time will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. for youth ages twelve to seventeen. The SARC is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Hours and facility use are subject to change.
• If you are in Marquette, stop by The Salvation Army office at 1009 West Baraga (behind the Marquette Catholic Credit Union) for the free community luncheons Monday through Friday from noon until 1:00 p.m. All ages are welcome.
• The minimum age requirement for youth to use the SARC on their own is eight years old. If a child is younger than eight, a sibling fourteen years of age or older or an adult parent or guardian must accompany the youth. A reminder that a parent or guardian must be at home while the youth is attending the SARC.
• Mission Statement: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
—Doug Swartout


South County news & notes

• Sawyer Sprouts Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the KISCA building on the corner of VooDoo and Canberra in K.I. Sawyer. The Sawyer Sprouts Garden Club is for everyone, beginners, experienced and everybody in between. We emphasize gardening on a budget to make our surroundings beautiful.  Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. July topic is “mid-summer night’s dream.” Call Karen at 346-6946 for details.
• Forsyth Township Fire Department will host its street dance on July 3 in Peter Nordeen Park. For details, visit
• Forsyth Township Fire Department will host its Fourth of July celebration on July 4 in Peter Nordeen Park. For details, visit
• The Gwinn VFW Post 5670 will host a pasty sale on July 14. Order ahead by calling 346-5670 and pick up between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Cost is $3.
• American Legion Post #349 in Little Lake will host the H.O.G. bike show & dance on July 18.
• Airplane rides will be offered from noon to 3:00 p.m. at Sawyer International Airport in K.I. Sawyer on July 18 for ages eight to eighteen. Call 361-6196 for details.


Merry Mixers appreciate homecooked meals

0907sccMerry Mixer Bonnie Hurkmans is the cook at the Gwinn clubhouse. She and her merry band of volunteers cook and serve noon meals on weekdays, except for Wednesdays.
Hurkmans, who owned the Gwinn restaurant Jemma’s at one time, is a naturally good cook aside from her credentials. She is loved equally by the customers and her sidekicks, and is happy that even the most finicky customers are pleased with the menus.
These well balanced, totally healthy and nourishing meals keep the seniors on track with any diet, and it is often the best meal they have all day. Besides the usual seniors who attend weekly, they often bring friends and family to join in the fellowship enjoyed by the happy group.
From the dining table, they mosey into the “Senior Drop-in Center,” on the way out to linger around the fireplace and sing songs or just carry their conversations further before heading home. This is when Hurkmans hears, one by one, “It was a good meal, Bonnie.”
Hurkmans also takes on the extra chore of larger groups that come for dinner. The noon meal is more of a dinner than a lunch. Happy to please Julie Shaw, senior director, she prepares enough to satisfy neighboring seniors when the Merry Mixers invite them to dinner.
Hurkmans, a generous cook, has prepared the entire Christmas meal, with the help of donations and volunteers, for the past few years. This she offers, free of charge, to Gwinn and area residents on Christmas Day. Look for the announcement in the Forsyth Township monthly newsletter again this year.
—Ruthanne Schatzman, Merry Mixer secretary and photographer 


Black Dragon Martial Arts holds promotion ceremony

Black Dragon Martial Arts recently held a martial art promotion and certification demonstration at the Gwinn Club House, Gwinn for Tae Kwon Do, Inayan Eskrima and weaponry.
Students promoted, shown above in the front row from left to right, are Nicolas Savola (green/blue stripe belt, Level 1 kama); Seth Quayle (blue belt, Level 1 kama, beginning sword); in the middle row, Christopher McKenna (Level 1 kama and Inayan Eskrima sinawali); Mathew Bell (Level 1 kama and Inayan Eskrima sinawali); Thomas Hedlund (Level 2 Kama, Level 1 Inayan Eskrima sinawali); and in the back row Diane Mays (Level 1 Inayan Eskrima sinawali); Bethany Weiser (Level 1 kama); Joshua Dowd (blue/brown stripe belt, Level 3 Bo staff, Level 1 Inayan Eskrima sinawali); Tavaree Kovach (Level 3 Bo Staff, Intermediate Nunchuka); Ashley Watson (Level 1 kama).
Summer training will be offered at the Sands Township Community Complex on Mondays, which began June 22. Call instructor Tina Fuller at 346-4523 for details.
—Tina Fuller


Gwinn farmers market set to begin in July

Starting in July, Gwinn residents will have the opportunity to buy local food and products straight from the farmers and artisans who produced them.
The newly formed Gwinn Farmers Market, sponsored by Forsyth Township, will open on July 2 and run through the end of September. The market will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in Peter Nordeen Park.
Peter Nordeen Park offers a perfect setting for a weekly market: lotsof green space, beautiful river, covered pavilions and a central location. Live music will round out the experience.
“Farmers markets become an integral part of a community with many benefits to local farmers and local businesses,” market organizer Colleen Carlyle said. “Over time, they turn into more than a place to shop. Markets become a gathering place for friends and neighbors to visit, listen to live music, and enjoy the natural environment.”
Market shoppers can expect to find local produce and eggs as well as handcrafted soaps, fresh cut flowers, artwork and more. Farm vendors will be registered to accept Project Fresh coupons. All products will be grown or made by local U.P. residents. The market already has several committed vendors but still is accepting vendor applications. Musicians also are needed. A concert series and educational workshops are in the planning phase.
Those interested in being market vendors or offering musical talent should contact market master Beth Jakubowski at 346-5698. Applications may be picked up at the Forsyth Township offices located on the corner of Pine and Flint.

— Colleen Carlyle

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