Tag Archives: October 2016

All Strings Considered

by Jackie Stark For five years, the members of All Strings Considered have been bringing old-time bluegrass straight from the mountains of Appalachia to the shores of Lake Superior. This is definitely your great-grandmother’s music, but who says there’s anything wrong with that? It’s hard not to tap your feet to the old-time fiddle tunes the […]

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Good theaters make good neighbors

by Taylor Johnson Jafet Rytkonen opened the Vista theater (located at 218 Iron Street in Negaunee) in September 1926, making the theater 90 years old this year. The Vista has seen updates and renovations since then, but still wears its historic architecture and classy atmosphere eloquently. The theatercontinues to grow, putting on various musicals, concerts […]

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Students travel to DNC

Story written by: Annabella Martinson, 12, with contributions by Elise Heide, 13, Liam Rockwood, 12, Liam Ulland-Joy, 11, and Sophia Capuana, 9. If you live under a rock in the United States you might not know what is going on in the political world, but if you don’t live under a rock you might know, […]

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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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Updated ordinance aims to reduce tobacco use

by Scott Ham In the realm of public health, tobacco use remains public enemy No. 1. Tobacco product use is a frighteningly consistent predictor of morbidity; nearly 50 percent of all tobacco users will die from their habit. In the U.S alone, over 20 percent of all deaths can be attributed to tobacco use. Worldwide, one […]

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Frost

by Scot Stewart “December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”  — John Geddes It is a special October morning when the spirits of a night, steeped in a biting cold of winter’s first hint, drape the land in a sparkling coat of crystals. In the predawn light, ferns, grasses, raspberry […]

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Oscar nominations highlight September’s picks

Although Midnight Special is only his fourth film, following Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011) and Mud (2012), Jeff Nichols knows better than most directors how to tell a story visually. That quality makes writing about Midnight Special difficult because most of the information given the audience is indirect and uncertain, even to the people […]

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Food access critical part of a local food system

by Sam Henke Where does a food system start?  It’s true that a plant’s roots are nourished by the soil it is grown in, but doesn’t the condition of the soil start with the land’s history?  If a farm is sited on an historic farm that’s been maintained, much of the work of the farmer […]

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Church finds new life as family home

by Erin Gaura Picturing a church that has been converted into a home, one may imagine a hollow structure of stone with rows of stained-glass saints lining the walls that allow for little light. The bright, upcycled building with contemporary décor at the top of Third Street in Marquette may not immediately come to mind. A […]

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October 2016 City Notes

MOON & PLANETS — Venus starts out low in the west-southwest just after sunset, but does gain a little height during the month. Saturn remains stationary in Scorpius and is visible in the southwestern twilight sky. Mars, having moved farther east into the south-southwest, is near the top of the Teapot of Sagittarius. By month’s […]

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Illustrated kids’ books educate and entertain

Miss Colfax’s Light By Aimée Bisonette Illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen Miss Colfax’s Light is a children’s picture book based on the true story of Harriet Colfax, who, at age 37 in 1861, became lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Despite people thinking the job might be too much for her, […]

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Taking Pride

by Neal Simons Despite heavy rains and freezing cold, a small band of dedicated marchers headed from the Marquette Commons to Tourist Park at 11 a.m. to commence the third annual Pride Fest, coordinated by U.P. Rainbow Pride on September 10. This march is known as the Walk of Awareness, and it opens Pride Fest […]

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The Gift of Water

This morning I’m sitting in front of a glass of clear, clean water from the headwaters of the Great Lakes—Lake Superior.  I’m bowing my head, giving thanks. On this same morning, 700 miles west of here in North Dakota, dozens of Standing Rock Sioux tribal members on horseback are blocking a Texas company’s oil pipeline […]

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MARQUETTE is HOCKEYVILLE USA

By John Smolens Marquette’s Lakeview Arena is one of the last surviving cathedrals of Old Time Hockey; thus it seems fitting that it’s the recipient of the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville Award. Over 1,000 communities entered their rinks and arenas into the annual competition, sponsored by Kraft Foods. As this year’s U.S. winner (there’s a separate […]

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Hungry in Hubbell? Candie’s got you covered

by Deborah K. Frontiera The inside of this little hometown restaurant is welcoming to all—easy going, down home, country style. Every day except Mondays, when the restaurant is closed, patrons can dine among other equally sardonic signs. Take for example, these insightful words: “Three Wise Men? Seriously?” (The men who come in laugh too.) Or […]

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