Tag Archives: Suzan Travis-Robyns

Ishpeming native leaves international legacy

by Suzan Travis-Robyns Editor’s Note: The following article is compiled from written international tributes, a brief statement Mike Koenig wrote at his mother’s request shortly before his death, and an interview with Harry and Debbie Koenig. Mike Koenig grew up in a small mining community in the Upper Peninsula and went on to conduct ground-breaking […]

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Celebrating local Red Cross heroes

by Suzan Travis-Robyns The Central Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Red Cross is filled with volunteers who are local heroes, providing disaster assistance, aid to the military and their families and life-saving training for the local community. Headquartered in Marquette, the local chapter encompasses ten counties. For the second year, the Central U.P. chapter is […]

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St. Clair key in change for local teens, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

Locals The student was a painfully shy third-grader, but she raised her hand with conviction. She had studied hard and knew the spelling words. “The teacher told me to put my hand down,” Mary St. Clair remembers. “After all, I had failed all the spelling tests before.” Looking back, St. Clair sees that moment of […]

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Harmonica player trains local musician in lumberjack style, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

Passing on a tradition Les Ross, Sr. is an acknowledged master of Finnish harmonica, but he learned the musical style from rough-and-tumble lumberjacks who played harmonicas during the Great Depression because they were inexpensive and portable. Ross’ technique, called lumberjack style, is unique and demanding; he plays melody, chords and bass simultaneously. Today Ross, eighty-two, […]

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Family works to help Third World countries, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

Abby Vrooman looks like a focused, hard-working college student. She isn’t. The sixteen-year-old Negaunee resident grew up in the Philippines and speaks fluent Tagalog (the official Filippino language). The Philippines is made up of hundreds of different ethnic and tribal groups. Living there gave Abby a thorough education in cultural anthropology. But her adventure is […]

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Energy, vision and spirit: Three ambitious women make their name for community history, by Suzan Travis-Robyns

In recognition of women’s history month, MM looks at three women who have done great things in Marquette County Evelyn Massaro Ask Evelyn Massaro if she’s had any personal difficulties and you’re likely to get a broad grin, a shake of her trademark tresses and a treasured saying from her parents. The truth is that […]

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