Tag Archives: Jim Pennell

Let me to introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Story by Jim Pennell Photos courtesy of Charles Shafer It was 50 years ago on June 1, 1967, when the world first heard those words. The release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles ushered in the “Summer of Love” and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, presented […]

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Medigap, Medicare plans begin open enrollment

by Jim Pennell Senior citizens in the Upper Peninsula who have Medicare B coverage and supplement insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield can expect to see an increase in their premiums beginning January 1. The insurer announced in July that premiums for its popular Legacy Medigap Plan C program would be increased for the first time […]

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Alger County Community Collaborative helps youth, seniors

by Jim Pennell A long-standing tradition in America has been barn raising, a time when individuals in a community come together to build a barn for a neighbor and then celebrate with a party of food and dancing after the building is complete. The Alger County Community Collaborative is planning a fundraising event that in […]

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Start the Cycle

by Jim Pennell There’s an old adage that says if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for the rest of his life. A group of moun- tain bike mentors in Marquette have expanded that and believe if you give kids a […]

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New Munising art gallery slated for May opening

by Jim Pennell A storefront in Munising where years ago people bought paint will once again be offering it for sale, albeit in a slightly different form. The building that stands at 109 W. Superior St. for many years housed a hardware store. Now, through the efforts of the Munising Bay Arts Association and people like […]

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To catch a whitefish

by Jim Pennell Every area and culture has certain foods that help define it, and the Upper Peninsula is no exception. The ubiquitous pasty comes to mind, but there are also area foods provided by nature that are abundant, tasty and healthy, like berries, fiddlehead ferns, chanterelle and morel mushrooms, wild leeks, rhubarb and, of course, […]

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Creating harmony with a barbershop sound

by Jim Pennell The exact beginning of music is impossible to determine. It predates the written word, and early humans, no doubt, found it challenging to draw a depiction of music on a cave wall. One thing that is for sure is that all music started with the human voice. Long before there were guitars, […]

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Yoga: It’s not just for the ladies

by Jim Pennell If you’re a man who finds himself in a yoga class, the first thing you might notice is there aren’t very many men in a yoga class. Accurate percentages are hard to determine, but the general consensus is that 75 to 80 percent of the 21 million people practicing yoga in the United […]

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O Tannenbaum

by Jim Pennell Unless you live in a cave, or off the grid in the deep woods, you are virtually guaranteed of seeing at least one Christmas tree a day from now until the end of the year. Whether it is in a television commercial, a retail store, on a postage stamp or a Christmas […]

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Nutcracker ballet graces the Kaufman stage

 by Jim Pennell The Nutcracker Ballet has long been a holiday tradition for families in the Upper Peninsula. A half a century ago, U.P. families gathered around black-and-white televisions, tuned in the one channel available, set the rabbit ears to get the least interference, adjusted the vertical and horizontal hold and enjoyed an evening at […]

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Marquette ramps up for Halloween

by Jim Pennell The ghost of an ancient mariner passes by, dwarfed by a twelve-foot-tall skeleton that bobs and weaves above a huge crowd. A group of dancers move in a smooth traditional dance, oblivious to the zombie in the red dress that staggers past them. A giant silk cocoon unfolds, revealing a young girl […]

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Brewers Guild plans local event

by Jim Pennell A ticket to the U.P. Fall Beer Festival at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette will get you in the festival gate and give you a chance to enjoy a scenic view, great company, some live music by local talent, some tasty food, and of course, lots and lots of original […]

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Photo by Carrie Usher

State motorcycle rally returns to U.P.

by Jim Pennell The parking lot of the Marquette Holiday Inn will likely have more motorcycles than cars this month when the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) make it the headquarters for its Roar the Superior Shore rally from August 13 through 15. The ride is being organized by the Michigan Harley Owners Group. Dee Sparks-Boak […]

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