November 2014

City Notes
Edited by Senja Wahlman

Dear editor,
Marquette Alternative High School and teacher Amanda Erspamer-Berry are in the running against two other schools in their Region (North Central USA) for a $100,000.00 grant through Farmers Insurance Thank a Million Teachers.
Please check out the website and watch the video and consider and vote. Voting started on October 1 and will continue until November 30.  They need votes to obtain the money. Anyone over eighteen can vote, daily, online at
Thank you so much. Amanda is a wonderful teacher and this grant would be unbelievable for the school.
-—Anne Erspamer

Dear editor,
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Richard Bernstein, Michigan Supreme Court justice nominee; you can learn more about him at
The composition of the Michigan Supreme Court is paramount to the integrity of our legal system.  Their decisions affect us all, sometimes for generations.
 This year’s election has that kind of potential reach.  Supreme Court Justices wield immense power, and yet many voters do not cast votes for this position, even though the Supreme Court makes precedent-setting decisions affecting the whole state, usually for decades and even longer.
Please note that if you vote a straight ticket, you are not casting a vote for Supreme Court Justices. You must manually vote the nonpartisan portion of the ballot to vote for Justices.  I urge you, take the few moments needed to cast this critical vote.
-—Michelle Halley

Dear editor,
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting a public forum “Campus and Community Response to Sexual Assault” on Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Federated Women’s Club House 104 East Ridge Street, Marquette. 
Recent events in the news underscore the importance of increasing public education and public awareness of prevention efforts and resources available to survivors of sexual assault in Marquette County. Panelists for this event include Janet Koski, NMU’s Title IX coordinator;  Mary  Brundage, NMU Associate Dean of Students  responsible  for student conduct system; Amy Kordus, sexual assault counselor for the Women’s Center; and Jeff Korpi, NMU Assistant Director Housing and Residence Life.
Koski will speak on how Title IX addresses sexual assault, the requirements expected from public schools and universities, and how these requirements are being met by NMU. Korpi will discuss prevention efforts at NMU. 
Brundage will address the process survivors’ encounters and options open to them and Kordus will address the community response and services available at the Women’s Center.  The Prosecuting Attorney’s office has been invited to provide the Criminal Justice system’s response to sexual assault.
The 2007 Campus Sexual Assault Study by the Department of Justice found one in five women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are in college. Less than five percent of rapes or attempted rapes of college students are reported according to a National Institute of Justice study.
Freshmen women are most vulnerable.  Alcohol is a frequently used date rape drug. Sexual assault as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.  Sexual assault falling under this definition includes, forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.
Sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor regardless of whether they used drugs or alcohol. Use of alcohol by the perpetrator is no excuse. The National Institute of Justice found in ninety percent of reported cases the victim knew her or his attacker.   A University of Massachusetts study found while most men are good guys, the ones who are not, show pattern of violent sexual behavior.  This group of predators in this study averaged six rapes each.
What of bystanders?  Are they culpable? What can a bystander realistically do to intervene? What are the differences for the survivor and the perpetrator if the survivor choses to use resources available through Title IX or presses charges through the criminal justice system?
The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. with a brief social. The panel will start at 7:30 p.m. and there will be time allotted for audience questions. For more information, call 226-8060 .
—Karlyn Rapport

Dear editor,
Thank you to our Public Radio 90 donors for your tremendous generosity and willingness to provide the money needed every year to sustain WNMU, your local public radio station.  While you may be only 2,000 out of 40,000 weekly listeners, you give nearly a half-million dollars every year so everyone across our upper great lakes region can enjoy the benefits of a local public radio station.
You are the ones that make local Public Radio 90 programming possible.  Without you, there would be no local news or weather and no interviews or call-in programs with the Governor or other lawmakers and no 8-18 Media. 
Without you there would be no Northern Notes to tell you what’s going on around the area and no live interviews with local and international artists, writers or musicians.  Without you there would be no Humoresque with Stan Wright.  There would be no Weekday, Blues Today, Sound Spectrum or Night Studio with Hans Ahlstrom, and no In the Pines or Just Folks with Jane Cisluycis. 
Without you there would be no Highlights from the Marquette Area Blues Festival or local classical music performances on Superiorland Concerts.  There would be no Sunday Swing, Jazz Showcase or Stage and Screen specials.  Without you we  could not produce Holiday Readings and Remembrances or the National Poetry Month Readings. Without you, listeners would miss out on a whole lot of great programming.   You are the special people who voluntarily give your money, time and energy when so many others don’t.   From all of us at Public Radio 90, thanks for everything you do to make our communities better places to live.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WNMU, Public Radio 90.
-—Evelyn Massaro
Station Manager

Dear editor,
During this season of thanksgiving and reflection, I want to thank the residents and businesses of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for their generous support of the American Red Cross. 
Without the gift of time from our volunteers which are 125 strong in the U.P., financial gifts from our donors and the outgoing support of our community partners, the Red Cross could not respond to the numerous disasters that occur each year.
We remain committed to training volunteers in the latest sheltering, feeding and client casework procedures.  Community education is another vital service we perform.  Education in CPR/First Aid, Babysitting, Lifeguarding and Disaster Preparedness are offered.
The American Red Cross Services to Armed Forces reaches beyond emergency message delivery. We assist in re-connecting service personnel returning home whether combat duty or peace time to community, family and veteran’s organizations.
So for all you do, we tip our collective hats to you.  May you all have a safe, warm and peaceful New Year.
-—Jeffrey A. Selesky
Disaster Program Manager

Operation Action U.P. seeks award nominees
Each year, the members of Operation Action U.P. and the business community from across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula gather to celebrate the accomplishments of businesses and share in their success.
Nominations are being accepted for the awards of excellence though Friday, December 5. The  awards recognize up to four outstanding for-profit businesses that have contributed to the economic well-being of the Upper Peninsula. Winners will have the opportunity to spotlight their businesses at the annual meeting.
For more information, visit or email

Calumet Theatre November events
On November 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Calumet Theatre will feature MR. SPEED “World’s Greatest KISS Tribute Band.”
The Theatre’s Grand Raffle tickets are still on sale. Tickets are $50.00 each, and only 1000 tickets will be sold.

YDWP to host annual meeting and events
On November 4, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will celebrate another year of memories and hard work protecting some of the most treasured places in Marquette County. The Annual Meeting 2014 will feature a Chili and Beer Bash, silent auction and live music.
Members and nonmembers are welcome.
Tickets are $10.00 for nonmembers and $8.00 for members. The meeting and events start at 6:00 p.m and run until 11:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

Gift of Reading Project begins in Marquette County
The Marquette-Alger Reading Council announces the beginning of the annual Gift of Reading project.  The public is asked to donate new books to be given to needy families and adults at Christmas time and throughout the year. 
New books are also distributed to youth service agencies, public health and dental centers, nursing homes, including the Veteran’s Center, the Women’s Center and Harbor House, Beacon House and other locations. Local schools and libraries, as well as bookstores, will serve as drop-off locations for donations.
Over the years, more than 30,000 books have been collected. The last day for donations is December 5. Contributions also can be sent to MARC at P.O. Box 1084, Marquette.  For more information, call 226-7030.

MRHC to host Beat Generation poetry reading
On Wednesday November 12, 5:30 p.m., the Marquette Regional History Center will host a literary evening exploring Marquette's historic connections with poets of the Beat Generation, including visits from Anne Sexton, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, Denise Levertov and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 
The Beats will be brought to life in this multimedia event featuring readings by Daniel Rydholm, and original poems by U.P. Poet Laureate Russell Thorburn and Kathleen Heideman.  Donations welcome at the door.

UP Health System unifies UP Hospitals
Bell Hospital, Marquette General Regional Hospital and Portage Health are now part of UP Health System.
The UP Health System was created to offer enhanced services, new technologies and exciting changes at Bell, Marquette and Portage.
For more information, visit

Bell Hospital names new CEO
Mitch Leckelt has accepted the position of CEO for Bell Hospital. Leckelt has served as interim CEO of Bell since July 2014. Previously, Leckelt was Assistant Administrator at Marquette General Hospital.
While helping advance Bell’s community hospital objectives, Leckelt will also be working with sister LifePoint hospitals Marquette General and Portage Health on regional healthcare delivery priorities.
After receiving an AS degree in 1989, Leckelt went on to achieve a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, New Orleans, in 1999.
He received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix, New Orleans, in 2002. 

Ruth Solinksi promoted  at UP Health System
Ruth Solinski, Senior Director of Human Resources at Marquette General Hospital, has been promoted to Regional VP of Human Resources, effective immediately.
In this role, Solinski will oversee existing human resource departments at Bell Hospital, Marquette General Health System and Portage Health.
Solinski graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Northern Michigan University.

Forsyth Township Library to expand
The Forsyth Township Library board of trustees broke ground at the site for the new library, 186 West Flint Street, Gwinn. Thanks to the generous donation of Dr. Robert Goodman several years ago, the board was able to start a building fund. Public donations and a significant gift from Cliffs and Eagle Mine Marquette County community fund have made this goal a reality. Located across from Peter Nordeen Park, the new library recycles the existing township assessor’s office with new construction. This more than doubles existing library space to 4,000 square feet to allow more room for reading and personal computer use.
Off-street parking for patrons, more public computers, a community meeting room and an expanded children’s reading area, are some of the highlights of this new facility.
For more information, call Donna Adams, at 346-5235 or Pam Withrow, library director, at 346-3433.

MacInnes to serve as MML Northern Field Consultant
Recently retired Houghton City Manager Scott MacInnes has been selected to serve as the Northern Field consultant for the Michigan Municipal League. In this role, MacInnes will assist Upper Peninsula municipalities and act as a liaison for the League.
MacInnes went to work for the City of Houghton as its recreation director upon graduating from Michigan Technological University in 1974. He served in various other roles for the city until becoming Houghton city manager in 1997.
 He’s also served as a member of the Michigan Tech Enterprise Corp. SmartZone Board and MTU Corporate Board for Institutional Diversity.

CCA Artists Gallery first Friday event
The Copper Country Associate Artists Gallery will feature Paper Weaving on Friday, November 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Learn how to weave paper into designs that can be used to make Thanksgiving or Christmas cards. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 337-1252.

RTI Surgical® expands workforce
RTI Surgical Inc. recently hired more than thirty new employees at its Marquette facility and plans to hire at least twenty more to meet increased global demand for its products. Once an initial training period is complete, a third shift will be added and manufacturing operations will run twenty-four hours a day. RTI Surgical acquired the Marquette facility, formerly Pioneer® Surgical Technology, in July 2013 to expand its portfolio into metals and synthetics, grow direct distribution and increase the company’s global footprint. The combination of new employees and an additional third shift is expected to make the manufacturing process more efficient. The Marquette facility is RTI Surgical’s second largest location, with more than 200 employees. The company is accepting applications for several manufacturing position openings on the “Careers” page of the company’s website at, and positions will continue to be added during the coming months.

Lake Linden Bazaar in November
The Lake Linden Craft and Food Bazaar to benefit St. Joseph’s Church will be held on Saturday, November 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 701 Calumet Street, Lake Linden.
Local vendors are still needed. For more information, email or call 806-790-7798.
UP Food Exchange Summits in November
There will be several UP Food Exchange’s Together at the Table local food summits in November.  The summits are meant to promote the local food activity happening across the UP and provide people with opportunities to get plugged into the work happening in their area.  Together at the Table summits occur on November 4, in Sault Ste. Marie, November 5, in Marquette and November 6, in Houghton.
This year's summits will feature updates from groups engaged in local food activity from around the U.P.  The  keynote speaker is Evan Smith, Chief of Operations for the Traverse City-based Michigan food hub, Cherry Capital Foods.  Evan has had a broad range of experiences in regional food work and will help facilitate great discussion about next steps for our community food system.
The day will end with the two following break-out sessions: A guided conversation on engagement with the local food system (to include the debut of our newly created Local Food Systems Resource Guide for Decision Makers) and a farmer/buyer meet and greet (for farmers and institutional food purchasers only).
Admission is $25.00 and includes a lunch that will feature food from local farms. This is a great chance to connect to network with people working to promote healthy, responsible, fair, and affordable food in the U.P.  For more information, visit 

Holidays light up Downtown Marquette
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the fourth annual “Winter Snow Fun” Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, December 4. This Downtown tradition complementing the city's annual tree lighting ceremony features all of the traditional trappings of the holiday season, including sleigh bells, colored lights and the jolly man himself.
The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. on North Third Street and conclude at the Marquette Commons, the site of the tree lighting ceremony.
There is no cost to participate. If interested in participating or sponsoring the parade, call 228-9475 before Tuesday, November 25. Registration packets are available on the web at

Read-A-Thon to be held by Next Chapter Book Clubs
On Wednesday, November 12, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., members of the three local Next Chapter Book Clubs will  hold a Read-A-Thon. Funds collected by members will go toward travel expenses and fees, allowing them to attend the second Annual Next Chapter Book Club and Beyond conference in Chicago in April 2015. The Read-A-Thon will be held in the Huron Mountain Gallery on the main floor of the Peter White Public Library. 
The goal of the NCBC is to promote literacy and learning for people with developmental disabilities. NCBC is the largest community-based literacy program for adults with DD in the world, serving more than 1,500 people weekly.
Each book club meets for an hour in a community setting.  Locally the clubs meet at the Peter White Public Library and at Yoop-Phoria Yogurt Shop in Downtown Marquette to read aloud and discuss a book of their choosing.  Members will be collecting pledges in the weeks leading up to the event.  Those wishing to contribute can donate at the event, or send donations to NCBC care of Superior Alliance for Independent Living, 1200A Wright Street.  For more information, call Ellen Moore at PWPL at 228-9510 or Kristine Tollefson at Superior Alliance for Independent Living at 228-5744.

Downtown Marquette Late Fall Farmers Market  planned
The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market season will continue on Saturdays, rain or shine, at the Marquette Commons through December 20. Beginning November 1, the time will change to 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Late Fall Market will consist of a variety of vendors each week.
The market is cash only. Hoophouses for Health vouchers will be accepted by qualified farmers as well.
For details, visit www.mqtfarmers or call 362-3276 or email marketmanager@mqtfarmersmar 
Colorado Yooper Picnic Success
The Colorado Yoopers are happy to announce that because of the silent auction and attendees’ generosity at the 2014 picnic, the Yoopers will be making donations of $500.00 each to three U.P. charities this year.  It is the first time that proceeds from the picnic have enabled three donations instead of the usual two. Non-profit donations were sent to: Dial Help Community Support and Outreach Center, Houghton, Locker Lunch, Iron County, and Students in Transition Program, Sault Ste. Marie
For more information, call Carlton Johnson at 303-987-3626 or visit

UPIC presents annual Invasive Species Conference
The Upper Peninsula Invasive Council will present the Fifth Annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference: The Dry, the Wet and the Ugly. The event will take place on November 4, at Northern Michigan University, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The charge for the conference is $40.00, $25.00 for full-time students, which includes lunch. Registration materials are available at  For more information, call 225-0215 or email at

UPCAP looking for volunteers
UPCAP/UP Area Agency of Aging is looking for volunteers to help provide Matter of Balance programs in select areas of Upper Michigan. Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. 
UPCAP will be holding a training on November 13 and 14 to certify coaches for this program. For more information, call 800-338-7227 or visit

MRHC presents It’s a Dollhouse Day
On Saturday November 22  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It’s a Dollhouse Day will be held at the History Center. Come and see for the first time our new and amazing dollhouse made by Eugenia Kurz. Many of our other dollhouses will be on display and decorated for Christmas. For more information, call 226-3571.

SWUP events in November
As part of Save the Wild U.P.'s "Walks and Talks" educational series, Reverend Jon Magnuson will speak on faith-based advocacy, including working with Concerned Clergy of Marquette, on Monday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. in room 326 of Olson Library at NMU.
Also part of SWUP’s educational series, Aimee Cree Dunn of NMU's Center for Native Studies will present on Monday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Olson Library, room 226. This presentation will explore how cultural differences shape the ideologies of industrial mining and the Native activism that opposes this activity in the northwoods.
SWUP Fall Intern Corps will host a photography contest to highlight the unique blend of natural beauty and industrial history of the Upper Peninsula. The contest is open to all residents of the Upper Peninsula. The theme of the contest is A Sense of Place: Nature, Culture and Industry in the Upper Peninsula.
Interested photographers can submit up to five photos until November 10 at Winners will be announced mid-November and  receive a complimentary calendar featuring their photo.
For more information, visit or email or call 662-9987.

UPAWS celebrates Adopt-A-Senior Month
Help a pet enjoy his or her golden years as you might like to enjoy yours. Adopting a senior pet brings wonderful benefits to both human and animal.
UPAWS has a special Golden Paws Adoption Program as many pets over the age of eight years are eligible for a reduced adoption fee.
Visit UPAWS and consider bringing a loyal and loving senior into your life. The shelter is open for visitation seven days a week from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays until 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 475-6661.

Invent@NMU enhances student experience
Northern Michigan University held an open house to officially launch Invent@NMU, a new innovation and entrepreneurial program that gives students real-world experience helping regional clients take physical products from concept to market. Under the guidance of professional mentors, students will develop competitive skill sets related to design, manufacturing and marketing.
Invent @NMU is housed in the former mBank building at 1400 Presque Isle Avenue. It welcomes students, individual inventors, start-ups and existing companies with innovative ideas, but who lack the experience or resources to execute the process fully.  
For more information on Invent@NMU, call 227-MAKE (6253) or visit

Lasco employees donate to Toys for Tots
Lasco and its employees recently donated $420 to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.  Every Friday, Lasco employees are given the opportunity to donate to wear jeans to work. At the end of each quarter, Lasco matches the employee funds and a charity is chosen to become the recipient.

Rowing Club takes home silver medals         
The Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club took home two silver medals at the twenty-fifth Tail of the Fox Regatta in DePere, (Wisconsin) on October 5. 
Competing in the Open Mixed Four was the team of Sally Davis (coxswain), Audrey Johnson, Kyle Mohr, Jakob Bogo, and Deb Jean.  They took second place honors to the Mendota Rowing Club from Madison. NMU took home third place honors.  The team of Mary Ritter and Linda O’Brian took home second place honors in the Masters Women’s Double Scull.

Ishpeming Ladies Night is November 18
The Ishpeming Business Association will be holding the annual Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, November 18 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Specials, prizes, raffles, music and more will be featured. There are punch cards for prize giveaways. The Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce also has its Shop Local Campaign, giving two ways to win.
There will be a Bazaar at Rollies’ furniture featuring artists, crafters and vendors. Low cost or free space is available; call Judy at 486-8621 to reserve a spot.
For more information, visit the Ishpeming Business Association on Facebook, go to or call 486-8680.

K-SNAG offers spay/neuter assistance
Keweenaw Spay Neuter Assistance Group (K-SNAG) can provide financial assistance with spaying and neutering pets.
The group has cats and kittens available for adoption and to foster in the Copper Country area. K-SNAG accepts cans and metal for scrap, rummage items and cash donations.
Specific needs include one pound red plastic coffee canisters.
K-SNAG is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization. For more information call 296-9144.

Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride Potluck
The Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride   is hosting a potluck to be held on November 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 Magnetic Street, Marquette. Everyone is welcome.
Stop in and meet the people who brought the first Pride Fest to the U.P.
For more information, visit or visit the Facebook page.

Highlights from the MML Convention in October
More than 400 municipal officials from throughout Michigan gathered at NMU in October at the 2014 Michigan Municipal League Convention. Highlights from the convention included: the unveiling of a new placemaking book, which includes two major pieces related to the U.P.; mobile workshops, which featured biking on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail; and the announcement of the Community Excellence Award Winner.

Baraga Avenue PlacePlan Available Online
 A conceptual plan outlining a community-supported vision to connect key portions of downtown Marquette is now available at
Key elements of the design plan include the creation of better connections to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, redeveloping underutilized parking lots into commercial/residential buildings, reconfiguring on-street parking to improve safety and accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians, and reinvesting in historic Father Marquette Park.
 To view the Marquette PlacePlan visit:
For more information, visit or contact Matt Bach, League Director of Media Relations, at 734-669-6317 or

Dick Bolen Named President of MML Board of Trustees
 Wakefield Mayor Pro Tem Dick Bolen was selected as the 2014-15 president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.
Bolen, who has served on the board since 2010, is just the fourth League president from the Upper Peninsula in the League’s 115-year history.
Bolen has been on the Wakefield City Council since 2004, including eight years as mayor. He is also a past member of the Wakefield School District Board of Education, where he served as board president for nine years.

Officials Selected to  Municipal Association
The members of Michigan Municipal League recently elected five members to the statewide League Board of Trustees and re-elected one other board member.
During the League’s Annual Meeting at its 2014 Convention Oct. 16 in Marquette, the League membership elected as new board members Catherine Bostick-Tullius, Lapeer City Commissioners; Kim Corcoran, Ironwood Mayor; Ken Hibl, Clare City Manager; Marcus Peccia, Cadillac City Manager; and William Vajda, Marquette City Manager. Also re-elected to the board was Adam Umbrasas, Three Oaks Village Manager.

Local Author’s Corner
• The Zero Degrees Artist Gallery  will  host a book release for the bilingual book and CD set Dibaajimowinan: Anishinaabe Stories of Culture and Respect.  The event takes place on Saturday, November 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  at the gallery, 525 North Third Street, Marquette.    Gallery artist  Leora Lancaster served as a Language Assistant on the project, a collection of thirty-four stories printed in both English and Anishinaabe.  There are fourteen recorded speakers, with over six hours of stories recorded in Anishinaabe native voice. The book is published by the non-profit Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Language Resource press.   It is the result of two and a half years of research by the project’s staff, recording Native Elder speakers and translating and transcribing Ojibwe teachings and stories from the entire Great Lakes Anishinaabe territory. Copies retail for $12.00 and will be available at ZDG. For more information, contact Michele at 250-7364.
• Economics of Place: The Art of Building Great Communities, which features an entire chapter about Marquette, has been published.
Book co authors Dan Gilmartin and Elizabeth Phillips Foley discussed the book along with officials from Marquette and other Michigan communities at the MML Convention. The book includes two major pieces related to the state’s Upper Peninsula: a twenty-page chapter about Marquette’s waterfront revitalization work and a six-page case study on the U.P.’s Noquemanon Trails Network. For more information, visit

Political Briefs
• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay nearly $100 million annually to operate the Presque Isle Power Plant, if the proposed electric rate increases are approved by FERC. This increase is scheduled to take place after December 1 and is the result of a regulatory decision made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation  to force consumers in the Upper Peninsula to pay for ninety-nine percent of the Presque Isle Power Plant’s operating costs. This decision by NERC upended an earlier federal finding that UP customers should be responsible for just 14 percent of the power plant’s operating costs. FERC shares oversight responsibilities and has a mandate to consider utility cost allocation issues. The Senators called for a moratorium on this decision while the agency considers the complaint-3

DNR News & Notes
• With winter quickly approaching, the Department of Natural Resources reminds residents fuelwood permits are available for the 2014 season, which runs through December 31. Mail-in order forms are available online at the DNR’s website,
Permits cost $20.00 and are for use on designated state forest land in the northern two-thirds of the state and allow for collection of up to five standard cords of wood per household. Fuelwood collected with a permit can be used for personal use only and cannot be resold or traded. The permits are good for ninety days, but all permits will expire December 31. 
For more information, contact your local DNR office or visit
• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its annual deer season forecast is available online. DNR deer program biologists predict that hunters this season will see similar success rates as in 2013.
For tips and information on having a safe, successful deer season (including location of deer-check stations, antler point restriction FAQs and hunting digests), visit the DNR website
• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received a revised land transaction application from Graymont, Inc., proposing development of a limestone mine and limestone processing facility in northern Mackinac County near the town of Rexton.
The public will have an opportunity to make comments on the revised application at an upcoming NRC meeting. Additionally, the DNR will host a public meeting to discuss the revised proposal and recommendation prior to the director’s decision.
The DNR continues to maintain an email address for the public to comment. Interested parties may email DNR-GraymontProposalComments Mailed comments can be sent to the Roscommon Customer Service Center, Attn. Kerry Wieber, 8717 North Roscommon Road, Roscommon, MI


News Briefs
• Back in Balance Massage celebrated its new location at 119 West Baraga Ave. Suite 1. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday. In home appointments are also available. For more information, visit
• Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque celebrated its grand opening. It serves slow- smoked pit barbeque using a special blend of northern hardwoods for a distinct U.P. barbeque flavor. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque is located at 3125 Wright Street, Marquette – next to the WJMN-TV Plaza.
• 906 Sports Bar & Grill celebrated its grand opening. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with deliveries Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 906 Sports Bar & Grill is located at 145 West Washington Street on the top floor.
• The Marquette City winter parking ban will be in effect beginning November 1 until April 1, 2015. The parking ban requires owners of vehicles to find off street parking between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The fine for violating the ban is $50.00.
• The Marquette City Police Department announced the newest addition to the department. “Nitro” is a one-year-old black lab single purpose explosive dog. He was purchased in May of 2014 from the Oakland County Sheriff’s department.Since May, Nitro has undergone extensive training in explosive detection and was certified by the NAPCH in early October. He will begin patrol duties immediately.
• The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of general purpose website for communities with populations of 25,000 - 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held in Texas.
• The Women’s Center board of directors appointed Khadijah Rasheed Wilson to the board at its September meeting. Rasheed Wilson graduated from Morris Brown University in Atlanta with a degree in nursing. She was a business owner and operator of Rasheed Residential Construction Company in Tampa, Florida. Khadijah and her husband Dr. Carter Wilson, Department Head for Political Science at NMU moved to Marquette in August 2013. She brought her considerable experience working with women who have faced domestic and sexual violence to the Women’s Center and its program, Harbor House. Serving as a dedicated volunteer, it was clear addressing issues of domestic violence is her passion. She is serving on the following Women Center committees:  fund development, Evening of Elegance, personnel and marketing.
• Tara Laase-McKinney has been hired as the promotion and events coordinator for the Downtown Development Authority.  Tara served as an events ranger at the Keweenaw National Historical Park.  She is also the past race director for the XTERRA Lake Superior Shore Run.  She is an alumnae of Northern Michigan University with a bachelor degree in outdoor recreation and management. 



Jupiter is the main planet visible this month. It rises after 1 a.m. Daylight time in early November and around 11 p.m. Standard time later in the month. By month’s end, it will be high in the south at first light. The first few days of November are a good time to look for Mercury low in the east just before sunrise. It will lose height but remain visible for the next two to three weeks before disappearing from view. Dimming Mars can be seen low in the southwest in the evening twilight all month long. The almost last quarter moon is to the lower right of Jupiter on the morning of the 14th.

Fomalhaut is the only first magnitude star in the fall sky. It has recently made astronomical news with the discovery of a third companion star in a distant orbit. This makes it the widest double star in the sky with the faint new companion located almost 6 degrees away. This creates an opportunity to revisit a previous article about this lone beacon of the autumn sky: The fall constellations encompass a fairly sparse section of the sky. The lone bright star in this region is 1st magnitude Fomalhaut, located below Aquarius in Piscis Austrinus, the Southern Fish. Fomalhaut is considered the most isolated bright star in the sky not only due to its position in this faint region, but that it is also located far from any other first magnitude star. Fomalhaut can be seen fairly low in the south a little after nightfall. It is the most southerly first magnitude star visible from the U.P. Spotting this solitary star inspires somewhat wistful emotions, as it is also a harbinger of winter. In her book from 1907, The Friendly Stars, Martha Martin writes “the loneliness of the star...sometimes gives one a touch of melancholy. ...In November and December...a glance to the southwest will discover Fomalhaut, still placid and alone....”
—Craig Linde

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