Tag Archives: Larry Alexander

Memories of youth activities abound

By: Larry Alexander  Carl Stotz founded Little League baseball in 1939. Twelve years later, organized youth sports, at least in the form of Stotz’s Little League, had not yet reached Marquette. However, Marquette provided an exceptional environment for youth athletics and certainly was in line with Stotz’s philosophy. Carl Stotz founded Little League baseball in […]

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Puppet performances continue through decades

By: Larry Alexander As a child, Sue Danielson attended puppet shows at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library (ICPL). Now, after twenty-two years in the Ishpeming public school system, she’s back at the ICPL keeping the tradition going, with the help of a little twenty-first century innovation. Danielson became the children’s librarian in June of this […]

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Seafood Fest kicks off key fundraiser

by Larry Alexander The Marquette West Rotary’s Seafood Fest is more than just a good time, a chance to eat some great food and listen to some great music. This may come as a surprise, but the Seafood Fest is primarily a very successful fundraiser, which has generated $432,620 for local organizations over the past twenty-five […]

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Cornishtown reunion draws former residents

by Larry Alexander For the fourth year, former residents of Negaunee’s Cornishtown will reunite during Pioneer Days. Pioneer Days celebrates Negaunee’s heritage with events ranging from a softball tournament to a fireworks display. Fireworks will be at dusk on July 11 this year. The Cornishtown reunion will be held at the Negaunee Senior Center, starting at […]

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Farmers markets offer entertainment, healthy choices throughout U.P.

by Larry Alexander Between 1950 and 1997, the number of American farms went from 5.4 million to 1.9 million. Commercial farms got larger and farm production increased. In 1950, one farm fed 15.5 people; in 1990, a single farm fed 100 people. By 1997, one farm supported the needs of nearly 140 consumers. This increased […]

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CFS celebrates ninety years of service

by Larry Alexander Child and Family Services of the U.P. (CFSUP) is mounting an awareness campaign to coincide with this milestone that will look at the organization’s origins and history of service, including its participation in the original foster care program known as the “Orphan Trains.” The Orphan Trains began in 1854 and continued for […]

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Charter school may serve primary students

by Larry Alexander North Star Academy in Marquette is working to expand to include students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. The school’s charter from Northern Michigan University expires on June 30, 2009, and the proposed expansion to K-12 is part of North Star’s long-term strategic plan. “We are guardedly optimistic about the expansion,” said Karen Anderson, […]

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Empowerment of community’s youths key to future successes

by Larry Alexander, with Maxwell Alexander Youth Empowerment—it’s not just another fluffy new-fangled way to coddle kids. It’s about how we prepare the next generation to lead, and choose our nursing homes. According to the United States Census Bureau, 27.6 percent of Americans are under age twenty. Baby Boomers only make up 25.1 percent of […]

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Slow Food movement comes to Marquette

by Larry Alexander It’s an idea that continues to gain traction throughout the world, and now a resident and food producer is taking the initiative to bring Slow Food to Marquette. Joe Sabol is owner and operator of Sabol Family Farm in Racine County (Wisconsin), where he grows heirloom pumpkins. Heirloom and heritage foods have […]

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Mentoring highlighted during national festivities

by Larry Alexander January is National Mentor Month. This year’s theme is “Expand your universe. Mentor a child.” National Mentoring Month is an opportunity to focus national, state and local attention on mentoring and show potential volunteers how to enhance their lives by enhancing the lives of young people. General Colin L. Powell will headline the eighth […]

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Civil rights struggle remembered on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

by Larry Alexander “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” —Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964. Despite America’s facility for innovation, learning and rapid development, […]

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Lookout Point

   Volunteers raffle Adler quilt by Larry Alexander Marquette General Hospital volunteers are raffling off a Betty Adler quilt. To quilting enthusiasts, this is big. “Betty is quite a renowned quilting expert, and when quilters hear that she made this quilt, they are very excited,” said Carolyn Severson, MGH chief volunteer. Adler, who has taught […]

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Locals – December 2008

   Making Marquette more beautiful by Larry Alexander In 1976, some elementary school kids planted a seed. They told grownups, “make Marquette more beautiful.” The adults listened. Today Marquette still is reaping the benefits through the work of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee (MBRC). The MBRC was established in 1978 as a nonprofit, volunteer […]

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Have yourself a lean, green holiday season

by Larry Alexander What are you getting for Christmas? If the answer is twenty-five percent more household waste, you’re an average American. According to the EPA and www.use-less-stuff.com we produce an extra million tons of landfill every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. That’s a lot of fruit cake, wrapping paper, and, probably, a few […]

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Marquette economic organizations celebrate milestones

The Lake Superior Community Partnership turns ten this year, the Marquette Community Foundation is twenty and the Economic Club of Marquette County is thirty. These milestones represent thousands of hours of work with one goal—preserving an outstanding way of life by providing economic opportunities in Marquette County. The three will join together to celebrate their […]

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