Tag Archives: Jamie Lafreniere

Artists and musicians work together to promote festivals

by Jamie Lafreniere Artists are working to promote local music festivals such as the Hiawatha Music Co-op and the Marquette Area Blues Society as they wind down their logo contests. February 1 is the deadline for artwork submissions and the boards are getting ready to make their selections. “Our logo contest is open to anyone […]

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All that Jazz … for the greater good, by Jamie Lafreniere

Three local nonprofit agencies have come together to form “Arts for the Greater Good,” a committee focused on area fundraising. But this committee also has another focus: to get area youth involved in the arts. Marquette County Habitat for Humanity, Child & Family Services and the YMCA of Marquette always have focused on educating and […]

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Family’s fantastic voyage brings them back to Marquette, by Jamie Lafreniere

Anyone near Marquette’s Lower Harbor this month must have noticed an incredible new addition to our city. Niko Economides has taken one man’s dream and made it an attraction for us all. The Coaster is a mahogany schooner, which comes in at fifty-eight feet from back to front with forty-three feet on deck.It’s 6.5 feet […]

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St. Rocco’s celebrates local Italian culture, by Jamie Lafreniere

Ishpeming will be celebrating Italian heritage on July 28 at the St. Rocco’s Festival at Al Quaal recreation area in Ishpeming. It’s a chance for families to enjoy Italian delicacies, play games and listen to some great music. The festival has its roots in Italy, but actually honors a French saint. In 1340, Saint Rocco […]

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Art on the Rocks organizers prepare for event, by Jamie Lafreniere

Art on the Rocks organizers prepare for event Each summer, Presque Isle Park transforms into an outdoor gallery with crowds of people strolling the beautiful shoreline as they choose from paintings, ceramics, jewelry and photographs. This year’s 49th Art on the Rocks (AOR) again will showcase local artists and talented vendors from around the country. […]

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A decade of symphonic splendor, by Jamie Lafreniere

Marquette Symphony Orchestra celebrates its tenth anniversary When listening to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, it is hard to believe they have been on the Kaufman stage for only ten years. But for players and board members, it is hard to believe it has been that long. The idea of a regional symphony orchestra started with […]

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Local artist passionate about teaching, by Jamie Lafreniere

Artistic expression is something we all long for, and Carl Mayer has helped many people find their inner muse. Mayer has been teaching in the area since the 1950s, and continues his work with students of all ages. Many Marquette residents will recognize Mayer as an important teacher from the past, but his work also […]

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Migrating to the U.P.: A Testimonial, by Jamie Lafreniere

As residents of the U.P., it’s easy to take for granted all the benefits of life up north. It’s always nice to see it from someone else’s perspective, and Barbara and David Clay are quick to sing the praises of the Marquette area. This retired couple from Rockford (Illinois) travels 400 miles north each summer […]

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Enjoy ‘An evening’ to benefit local museum, by Jamie Lafreniere

August will be Maritime Month in Marquette and one opportunity to celebrate the month is by enjoying “An Evening with Paul Truckey” on August 17. This concert is a fundraiser for the Maritime Museum and will feature a buffet dinner at UpFront & Company, cocktails, a silent auction and a variety of memorable music. Accomplished […]

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Camp 911 set for June 22 in Negaunee, by Jamie Lafreniere

Area seniors will get a chance to brush up on their safety training at Camp 911, a one-day training session with local fire, police and EMS departments. “The whole camp is designed to change people’s perceptions and help seniors and law enforcement officers be comfortable with each other,” said Kathy Herrala, executive director of RSVP […]

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Calling all female athletes, by Jamie Lafreniere

It’s spring and every young woman’s thoughts turn to baseball. At least, they should this year, because thirty lucky players are about to go national. USA Baseball is holding tryouts, and national team coaches are ready to train for the 2006 Women’s World Cup in Taiwan this August. The USA women took the gold medal […]

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Power kids: Bringing UK skills to U.P. teams, by Jamie Lafreniere

The U.P. is known for its wide variety of winter sports, and of course there always has been dedication to traditional school football and basketball teams. But why not bring a little of the UK to the U.P.? Local children are learning that soccer is the perfect sport to enjoy year-round, and they are lucky […]

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In celebration St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy our feature, focused on all things Irish, sprinkled with Irish toasts and words of wisdom, by Jamie Lafreniere

The best of both worlds Ireland has its rolling hills and endless coastline. Upper Michigan has its forests, lakes and streams. It’s hard to judge which would be more beautiful. Norman Powers, born in Dublin, and Jennifer Binkley-Powers, a Marquette SeniorHigh School graduate, solved that problem by enjoying both. The couple met while Norman was […]

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Mehta prepares for his farewell performance, by Jamie Lafreniere

Every new year brings changes, and in 2006 the Marquette Symphony Orchestra bids a fond farewell to long time conductor and music director Nuvi Mehta. “It is no exaggeration to say the audience loves Nuvi—his musicianship, his personality, his wit, his verve,” said Ed Quinnell, president of the Marquette Symphony Board of Trustees. Mehta’s final […]

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