| City Notes
by Senja Wahlman
Happy New Year. We made it through another challenging year together. Thank you for continuing to support WNMU, Public Radio 90 finacially, along with all the other worthy organizations that receive your contributions. Thank you for your high expectations and for the feedback that helps us determine the best blend of local and national public radio programming for our Upper Great Lakes listening audience.
During 2014 your membership dollars made it possible for us to bring you in-depth news and analysis from National Public Radio, and our own Public Radio 90 newsroom. You made our eclectic mix of music programming possible—including our own local talent on Superiorland Concerts featuring classical music recorded across our listening area, In The Pines featuring traditional music recorded at the annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival and Highlights from the Marquette Area Blues Festival. In addition we’re able to bring you internationally renowned orchestral and operatic performances, jazz, blues, folk, international and traditional music, along with a variety of programming unique to our area like 8-18 Media, Veterans’ Reflections, April Poetry, Media Meet and Holiday Readings and Remembrances, as well as special programs throughout the year to celebrate special days and to remember those who made a difference. You do good work!
With your help we have made significant progress toward self-sufficiency. Over the past several years we’ve worked to trim operating costs from $121.00 per hour in 2009 to $89.00 per hour during 2014. And while State and Federal funding sources currently cover $43.00 of each hour, we depend on our listeners to cover a majority of the cost, $46.00 of each hour of programming.
Your continued financial support is the reason Public Radio 90 is able to continue bringing you the top-quality programming you expect. During the past several years of economic recession, as State and Federal funding was reduced and businesses drastically cut or even eliminated their promotion budgets, individual listener contributions to WNMU-FM remained strong. Even though fewer people were able to give during those years, those who did give increased their annual donation amounts by an average of twenty percent. And one of every four Public Radio 90 donors is now a Sustaining Member, authorizing WNMU to automatically deduct their donations from a credit card or bank account.
The power is in your hands. Every dollar, every member makes a difference. We know the more listeners we have providing financial support for Public Radio 90 each year, the more self-sufficient the station can become, thus reducing our reliance on State and Federal funding, which is so vulnerable. The bottom line is the less we have to worry about State and Federal money to operate, the more we can focus on better serving you.
Thank you once again for your steadfast commitment to WNMU-FM. We are looking forward to a year full of possibility and promise in 2015 and we hope the same for you.
All of us at WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 wish you and your loved ones a healthy and prosperous
Happy New Year.
Public Radio 90 Station Manager
First of all we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who voted online for Marquette Alternative High School in our quest for $100,000.00. The Farmers Insurance Dream Big Grant Competition ended November 30 and on December 9, we were told we had not won the grand prize. We did receive a consolation gift of $2,500.00. We also learned we had received 34,753 votes. This experience has shown the true support our school has from individuals in our community and around the world.
While many local people voted daily, we also were joined by fellow Yoopers who now live in many places throughout the United States and around the world including Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Finland. We felt the love pour in throughout the long sixty days, while those same people stopped us in stores, wrote to us in emails, and posted on our Facebook pages. They shared stories of how their families and friends all had a daily routine of entering and verifying votes.
Even now, weeks after the competition has ended, people approach us asking how we did and encouraging us to continue striving to achieve our vision for a healthy school.
This is why we have gratitude for living where we do. We are Yoopers. We show each other how to live with positive attitudes through the difficult winters, how to care for each other when there are those in need, and how to show community pride when we are in competition. We have an amazing community.
This competition is only one of many examples of who we are as a school, a district, and a community. We are forever grateful to all of you who have shown your support for Marquette Alternative High School!
Amanda R. Erspamer-Berry and MAHS Students and Staff
Our organization Social Work Education Enrichment Team at Northern Michigan’s campus is doing an event that we feel the community should be aware of. In recent years, the Upper Peninsula (and specifically the Marquette community) has seen an increase in its homeless population.
While homelessness increased, state and federal funding was cut. This has continued to severely effect families, especially those who are low-income. In understanding the need, S.W.E.E.T (Social Work Education Enrichment Team) is collaborating with CSNMU (Culinary Student of Northern Michigan) to provide a meal and movie for this population.
Our event, named “A Knight at the Jacobetti Complex,” will be held on January 30, with the hopes of hosting 120 individuals. A pasta and salad bar will be followed by the movie The Princess Bride, and accompanied by a dessert of ice cream and brownies. It is understood that in a time of need, family budgets are tightened and fun outings are lessened, and at times, money for nutritious food is limited. Our goal is for poverty-stricken families and homeless individuals to enjoy a healthy meal, and spend quality time in a warm and inviting environment.
We have been in contact with several community support groups, such as the Salvation Army and Room at the Inn, to invite those who are homeless or in need to our event.
There have been numerous articles circulating talking about the homeless population. In order to promote awareness of the issue, we are asking that local newspapers write a short article. Please take time to consider this, as it is a community issue.
For more information, call (815) 280-3020.
Co President of S.W.E.E.T
Snowshoe exhibit at PWPL
An exhibit of antique snowshoes is on display in the Peter White Public Library’s Violet Johnson Gallery from December to February, 2015. The exhibit features ten pairs of hand and factory made snowshoes dating from the early 1900s all from the collection of Jerry Mohlman of Gwinn.
The exhibit is open for viewing during regular library hours and will be on display through February on the upper level of the library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call at 228-9510.
LSAA Glacier Glide Art Exhibit in February
Sign up to participate in Lake Superior Art Association’s twenty-seventh annual Glacier Glide art exhibit on Saturday, February 14, at Presque Isle Park in Marquette from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Adult art will be displayed outdoors and youth art will be displayed in the pavilion. Spectators will hike, snowshoe or ski the trail to view the adult art, then return to the pavilion to vote for the “Best of Snow” cash and ribbon awards.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put “Glacier Glide” in the subject line.) Registration forms also are available at Marquette Arts & Culture Center, NMU art department and Zero Degrees Art Gallery or visit www.marquetteartontherocks.com to download a form and read guidelines. Youth art entrants can enter the morning of the show at the pavilion from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
For more information, call 225-0254.
First Sunday Concert: The Pavo Quartet at PWPL
Enjoy an afternoon concert of classical strings with The Pavo Quartet at Peter White Public Library on January 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the community room.
The Pavo Quartet members are Jung Tsai, violin, Danielle Simandl, violin, Ashlyn Olson, viola and Elisabeth Oar, cello. The program will feature Haydn String Quartet Op. 77 No. 1, Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor and Piazzolla Four for Tango.
There is no admission charge to attend the concert thanks to sponsorship by the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.
NIT committee hangs up the nets
Negaunee Basketball, Inc. announced it will be disbanding, effective immediately, and has already dispersed all remaining funds into community organizations and scholarships.
The organization has put on the Negaunee Invitational Basketball Tournament at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, a month-long event, with a core group of less than ten people for decades. More than 100 teams from the local area and the Midwest participated in the tournament each year.
Over the years, the tournament has raised money and given it back to the community, including thousands of dollars to the Negaunee school system and other school-related causes and scholarships each year.
John Basolo and his wife Terry, who were home to “NIT central,” were honored at the fiftieth anniversary celebration during the 2014 Class A weekend festivities after more than thirty-five years of volunteer service to the organization.
Dr. James Loewen to speak at NMU in January
Dr. James Loewen will speak on January 28, on the NMU campus at 7:00 p.m. (the location has not been finalized). Dr. James Loewen is the author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America as well as many other notable books. The NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NMU History Department and the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service have teamed up to present this special guest presenter.
Nominations needed for arts awards
The City of Marquette is welcoming citizens to nominate anonymously, deserving members of the community to be considered for the 2015 Annual Arts Awards. MACC offers these awards to recognize and thank citizens who have demonstrated artistic excellence and/or have made significant contributions to awareness of arts in our community.
Nominations for the nineteenth annual art awards are being accepted for the following categories: Arts Volunteer, Arts Activist, Arts Educator, Youth Award, Visual Artist, Performing Artist, Special Recognition, Community Arts Impact, Art Business Honor Roll and Writer.
Nomination forms and criteria may be picked up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 North Front Street or downloaded from the City website. Nominations will be accepted until March 9. Award recipients will be honored in a public ceremony in May.
For more information, contact MACC at email@example.com or 906-228-0472.
February exhibit, Wintercharm, artists needed
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is accepting entries for February’s Wintercharm exhibit. Wintercharm is an annual art exhibition sponsored by the Lake Superior Art Association, the MACC and PWPL. Artwork that embodies the spirit of our wintry climate will be accepted. This is a non-juried exhibition, open to the public, and all media is welcomed.
The exhibition will be held at PWPL in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery, February 2 through February 28. There will be a reception on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Artists and the public are welcome to attend.
For more information or questions, please call 228-0472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westwood Shakespeare Co. to perform Richard III
Now is the winter of our discontent…” These opening words from Shakespeare’s Richard III ring true for Yoopers, Game of Thrones fans, and anybody who has ever endured discontent on a dark winter day. In other words, everyone. Shakespeare’s tale of an unscrupulous English royal who uses any and every method to make himself king has enthralled audiences for four centuries. Now it’s coming to Ishpeming.
The Westwood Shakespeare Company’s high school troupe will present yet another of the Bard’s dramatic masterpieces, Richard III, January 7, 10 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Westwood Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students, and $5.00 per person for groups of five or more of any age. Children ten and under are admitted free. Tickets are available only at the door.
For more information, call 485-1885 or email email@example.com
Calumet Theatre Grand Raffle results
Friday, December 5, was an exciting, hectic and fun-filled day at the Calumet Theatre. The Theatre hosted its annual membership reception, had an almost-sold-out Johnny Cash Tribute concert with Terry Lee Goffee and held its Grand Raffle drawing during the concert intermission. The winning raffle tickets were drawn by Sheriff Ron Lahti on the Calumet Theatre stage.
The Theatre gave away $21,100.00 in five cash prizes. The winners of the Calumet Theatre’s 2014 grand raffle are: first place, Elsa & Bill Green; second place, Linda Griffin; third place, Frank Kastelic; fourth place, Joseph G. Butala; fifth place, Paul and Kathy Malnar; sixth place, two tickets to all 2015 stage events went to Steve Brimm.
The money from the Grand Raffle allows the Theatre to pay off the new Weil McLain furnace that was installed in April and provides the $12,500.00 needed as a grant match to pay for the new stage roof that was completed in October. These necessities were not part of the Theatre’s regular operating budget and would have been an extreme financial burden without the Grand Raffle.
2015 Community 100Day Project
The public is invited to be part of the next Community 100DayProject. Last year’s project was a huge success. Fourteen counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula participated as well as individuals from New Mexico, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York.
The 2015 Community Project will start on January 21, and end 100 days later on April 30.
All 100 day projects begin with a simple idea called a “Spine” that’s explored over the 100 days. Then something hands on is done with your project every day for 100 days, even if it’s just ten minutes a day.
A great Spine is one you feel excited or curious about. Live with it for a while before the start date. If it keeps coming back, chances are it's got some motivational juice to help sustain momentum with your project during the 100 days.
Let your project idea seep down inside so it develops roots rich with inspiration to energize your project. For more information, visit www.The100DayProject.com or email info@The100DayProject.com
Marquette residents appointed to NMU Board
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Marquette residents Tami Seavoy and Robert Mahaney to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees. The eight-person board is the university’s governing body.
Seavoy is an attorney with Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C. She served as in-house corporate counsel for Marquette General Hospital Inc. Seavoy is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Marquette County Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a member of the Bay Cliff Health Camp board of directors and the NMU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. She also is an NMU Student Leader Fellowship Program mentor and serves as a volunteer librarian for Father Marquette Catholic School. Seavoy earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Michigan. She replaces Stephen Adamini.
Mahaney is president and founder of The Veridea Group LLC. He serves on the board of directors for the Mackinac Financial Corp. and mBank, is a board member and past president of the Noquemanon Trail Network and serves on the advisory board for the Gerstacker Institute for Business Management at Albion College. He has taught marketing and accounting courses as an adjunct instructor in NMU’s College of Business. Mahaney also is a certified public accountant. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He replaces Gilbert Ziegler.
Seavoy and Mahaney will serve eight-year terms expiring Dec.ember 31, 2022.
WMCHF seeking grant applications
The Western Marquette County Health Foundation, previously known as the Bell (Hospital) Foundation, has announced it is accepting grant applications for its December 31 funding cycle. The Foundation is dedicated to providing funding for health and wellness solutions for the communities within Western Marquette County.
The Western Marquette County Health Foundation prioritizes funding based on programs that serve individuals in a specific geographic area, which is defined as the two cities (Ishpeming & Negaunee) and nine townships (Ishpeming, Negaunee, Ely, Republic, Michigamme, Tilden, Champion, Humboldt, Richmond). The foundation will accept grants for programs that benefit the population of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula, as well.
Grant size varies based on request; however, the average size is expected to range from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00. Multi-year grants will be accepted.
For more information, call 204-2395, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org
News from DeVos Art Museum
The museum is busy preparing for 2015, with two new exhibitions opening in mid-January, the Biennial Faculty Exhibition and artLAB3: work by NMU School of Art & Design students, which open Friday, January 16 with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
We also would like to say farewell to retiring faculty members John Hubbard and Michael Cinelli.
Professor Hubbard taught painting, drawing and printmaking in the School of Art at NMU for forty-five years. He continues to maintain an active art practice, which was celebrated during his solo exhibition at the museum in 2013. The exhibition also featured a tribute show of work by over forty artists who were previous students of Professor Hubbard.
Michael Cinelli has been at NMU for forty-two years, thirty-eight of which were spent as department head. As Associate Dean and Director of the School of Art, the School and DeVos Art Museum have grown tremendously into respected, world-class programs. The building addition that houses the School of Art and DeVos Art Museum (opened in 2005) are a testament to Professor Cinelli’s vision and leadership.
The museum is closed for installation through January 11, and offices will be closed from December 20 to January 4.
The Butterfly Show in Calumet
The Omphale Gallery and Café is reopening with a new menu and a special First Friday meal, courtesy of Chef Mike Porter of the Eagle Café (Eagle Harbor) and the Miscowaubik Club. January and February, the gallery will feature “The Butterfly Show” with works by Karen Runvik and Miriam Pickens. The two will be presenting their works at the January First Friday. During the Opening, enjoy the live music, visit with the artists and view their matted photographs, prints and portfolios.
The Omphale Gallery and Café is at 431 Fifth Street in Calumet.
Rehearsals for the MCS begin in January
The Marquette Choral Society begins rehearsals on Monday, January 12, in preparation for its April world premiere concert. Rehearsals are held in the Choral Room, 250, of the Thomas Fine Arts Building on the NMU campus, each Monday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. No audition is required to participate; all who love singing are welcome. The Choral Society will perform a single concert on Saturday, April 25, featuring the world premiere of a choral, piano and handbell work commissioned from Paul Ayers, a British composer.
The Free Store open in January
The Free Store, which offers free clothing items for all ages and free household and hygiene products, is open on Monday, January 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, from noon to 4:00 p.m., and Wednesday, January 28, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 927 West Fair Avenue. Anyone is welcome.
Donckers to feature art by Queen City Calendar Artists
Queen City Calender Artists is a collaboration between a dozen artists who live in Marquette. Each artist is assigned a month to design for the coming year. They then screen-print their design on heavy card stock, and combine their pages with those of the other artists.
The result is a twelve-month calendar that serves not only as a keeper of dates, but a collection of hand-made art, and a reminder of the diversity of talent here in our town. Art will be showcased at Donckers from January to March.
Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center events in 2015
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is hosting a vocal improvisational and harmony building workshop on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. The workshop will be led by singer-songwriter, Sue Demel, from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Admission to the workshop is free to the public.
This workshop is in conjunction with the Beaumier Center’s current exhibit, “Music in the Pines: A History of the Hiawatha Music Festival.”
Join the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU and Checker Tours for a once in a lifetime trip to Ontario and Quebec as part of the Canadian Heritage Tour.
This tour will take place from September 19 through 28 and will include guided tours of historic sites and museums in Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City and Trois Rivières. There will be two free days built into the trip so that participants can tour the cities and countryside on their own.
Prices for the tour per person are: $1,298.00 for double occupancy and $1,988.00 for single occupancy. This covers lodging, transportation, tours, museum fees and three special meals during the trip. Trip insurance and car rental is available for an additional fee. A $300.00 deposit is required to reserve a spot, which can be arranged by contacting Lane Dawson of Checker Tours at 486-8697.
Diocese Plans Pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philly
Local families have the opportunity to see Pope Francis and participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015.
With the assistance of the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Diocese of Marquette has organized a diocesan pilgrimage to the event with two different travel options, both of which will depart from, and return to, Marquette. Families can go by bus from September 21 to 28 or by air from September 22 to 27. Bishop John Doerfler plans to travel by air.
For more information on the congress, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org Questions about the diocesan pilgrimage can be addressed locally to Linda Featherstone at 227-9118 and Dave Guenther at 204-9033 or to Canterbury Pilgrimages & Tours at 800-653-0017. Interested persons can also visit www.upcatholic.org
Zonta calls for Rose Day nominees
Zonta Club of the Marquette Area will be recognizing people in the community who have done their part to improve the legal, political, economic, health, education and professional status of women per the mission of Zonta International.
Each year at a special luncheon, Zonta awards a yellow rose, Zonta’s Symbol, and certificate to anywhere from seven to twelve nominees for their outstanding contributions.
This year the luncheon is March 16 at the Federated Women’s Clubhouse. Recommendations or nominations can be made by contacting Lucille Contois, Chair of the Status of Women Committee and Public Relations Committee, at 228-8211 or visit Zonta’s website at Zontamqt.org for a nomination form.
Eagle Mine Truck Accident on County Road 550
In the early morning hours of December 13, a truck hauling nickel and copper ore from Eagle Mine facility on the Yellow Dog Plains left the roadway and overturned in a ditch. No one was injured, no other vehicles were involved in the accident, and Marquette area emergency response teams were quick to arrive on the scene. The truck was owned by MJ Van Damme Trucking, but operating for Lundin Mining Company under contract.
Ore was spilled in the accident. According to the police report in The Mining Journal, this accident involved an evasive maneuver to avoid a deer and the operator was cited for driving over the speed limit. It took over twenty-six hours for the truck to be righted after leaving the road. Meanwhile, Big Bay citizens heading to Marquette were being turned around once they reached the site of the accident causing multiple hours of traffic delays.
Ancient Artifact Preservation Society series
This January marks the beginning of the third annual Ancient Artifact Preservation Society’s Educational series.
The series will again include one event per month January through May, and will take place on the following Saturdays in Marquette at the Peter White Public Library Community Room from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., January 10, February 14, March 7, April 11, May 16. The first event on January 10 will be a documentary film by the Canadian Broadcast Company about Archaeologist Pat Sutherland’s work on a newer Norse site on Baffin Island, and the controversy surrounding it.
2015 Heikki Lunta Festival Cancelled
The Negaunee Irontown Association announces that the 2015 Heikki Lunta Festival will be cancelled. The event featured an ice fishing tournament, fireworks and a community bonfire. The 2015 celebration, originally slated for January 17, would have marked the festival’s twentieth anniversary.
The Negaunee Irontown Association Board made a decision based on a lack of funding to purchase fireworks due to the rising costs associated with putting on this type of event. The local businesses who generously agreed to sponsor the event will be contacted in the coming weeks by Irontown staff. Starting in 2015, the Irontown Board will be focusing its efforts toward Pioneer Days, the scholarship fund and the annual Tree Lighting. The Irontown board is urging everyone’s support for these community events whether it is in the form of donations, sponsorships, supporter cards or volunteers to put on these quality events in the future.
The Negaunee Irontown Association encourages more people to support their mission to preserve the heritage of Negaunee and to encourage former residents to return to the area. To that end, an up to twenty member volunteer board meets on a monthly basis to plan local events and discuss other worthy causes.
Girl Scouts Campout Gala fundraiser
On Saturday, February 7, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will host the Campout Gala: Project Runway U.P. fundraiser.
The Campout Gala captures the camp experience in a lively, “upscale fashion” as participants can earn “badges” through fun activities, bid in a silent auction, be part of a backpack bonanza, enjoy wine and beer tasting, first aid, fitness stations and more. This is a unique adult event you won’t want to miss it! Dress is a mix of camp and gala attire.
The gala begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m, dinner at 7:00 p.m. and entertainment and afterglow campfire to follow. The cost is $50.00 per person, or $500.00 for a table for eight, which includes name on table and in the program.
Tickets can be purchased at http://gsnw.gl/upcg, or for more information, call Les Bek at 888-747-6945 or email@example.com
Hotel Accommodations at the Holiday Inn of Marquette can be made using the Girl Scout event rate, by calling 225-1351.
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.
International duo to headline Heikinpäivä
One of Finland’s top folk accordionists and one of Finnish America’s best violinists will bring their collaborative skills to Hancock this January as part of the annual Heikinpäivä festivities.
Teija Niku, of Haapavesi, Finland and Sara Pajunen, a Hibbing, (Minnesota) native, are no strangers to the Copper Country. They performed at FinnFest USA 2013, and returned to the area later that year for a workshop and concert tour.
Both have earned numerous musical awards and honors, including a Finnish Folk Music Championship and a nomination for the Finnish Grammy awards for Niku. Pajunen is the founder of two touring ensembles and plays what Finnish music experts call “the most genuine Finnish music ever recorded in the U.S.”
This time, through the efforts of the City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee, they’ll be in the region as artists in residence.
Niku will share her accordion skills with students at a January 26 class, while Pajunen will offer a fiddle workshop on Wednesday, January 28 as part of the Heikinpäivä enrichment slate. The duo will also have other instructional sessions taking place during the Heikinpäivä schedule; those dates will be announced once confirmed.
These classes are some of the many events already scheduled for Heikinpäivä 2015. The festival’s primary day of fun is Saturday, January 31, but there are numerous activities for folks to partake in the days leading up to the big celebration.
Along with the music classes, festival planners are offering courses in making Finnish “squeaky cheese,” as well as one to learn the sweet Finnish baked goods called korvapusti (boxed ears).
Along with these unique educational opportunities, the festival will include long-time favorites such as movies and dances in the days prior, and a full slate of tori, parade, outdoor games, Polar Bear Dive and more.
For more information, call 487-7302 or 487-7549.
Hanka Homestead leader named Hankooki Heikki 2015
Having grown up on the family farm in Pelkie, Michigan and living in that community of mostly Finnish immigrants for most of his life, Reuben Niemistö was an ideal candidate to join the board of the Hanka Finnish Farm Homestead in nearby Askel.
Hanka Homestead, a one-of-a-kind museum in Michigan, is a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Though it’s definitely off the beaten path (guests must travel along a meandering dirt road to get there) it’s found its niche, providing a historic and cultural experience for thousands of folks every summer.
Reuben Niemistö’s first official duty as Hankooki Heikki 2015 will be to appear in the festival parade, in full Heikki regalia, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 31. The parade is one of many events scheduled for the upcoming Heikinpäivä festivities. For more information, visit the festival website at pasty.com/heikki
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Congressman Dan Benishek, and Congressman Gary Peters introduced legislation that would require additional oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, allowing the agency to stop a pending $100 million annual electric rate increase for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula.
This legislation follows a recent regulatory decision made by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation that would force consumers in the Upper Peninsula to pay for ninety percent of the Presque Isle Power Plant’s operating costs. This decision by NERC upended an earlier FERC finding that UP customers should be responsible for fourteen percent of the power plant’s operating costs. FERC shares oversight responsibilities and has a mandate to consider utility cost allocation issues.
• Senator Carl Levin, retired, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.
The report released by the Intelligence Committee is an important addition to the public’s knowledge about the CIA’s use of torture, euphemistically described by some as “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in the period following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The use of these techniques was a failure both morally and practically. These tactics violated the values this nation has long stood for, while adding little benefit to our security.
• Senator Carl Levin, praised approval by the Detroit Economic Development Corporation of a redevelopment plan for the site of the old Tiger Stadium.
The plan includes retail space and housing, as well as a new Detroit Police Athletic League
• A federal court judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately return wolves in the Great Lakes region to the federal endangered species list, making it illegal for Michigan citizens to kill wolves attacking livestock or dogs.
Under endangered species status, wolves may be killed only in the immediate defense of human life. Two state laws allowing livestock or dog owners to kill wolves in the act of depredation are suspended by the ruling.
Additionally, lethal control permits previously issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to livestock farmers to address ongoing conflicts with wolves are no longer valid; permit holders have been contacted regarding this change.
The return to federal endangered species status also means DNR wildlife and law enforcement officials no longer have the authority to use lethal control methods to manage wolf conflict.
However, non-lethal methods – such as flagging, fencing, flashing lights and guard animals – may still be used and are encouraged. Compensation for livestock lost to wolves continues to be available through the DNR and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Citizens in need of assistance with problem wolves should contact their local DNR wildlife biologist or DNR wolf program coordinator Kevin Swanson at 228-6561.
For more information about Michigan’s wolf population and management plan, visit www.michigan.gov/wolves.
• Women seeking the opportunity to improve their outdoor skills are invited to register for the fifteenth annual Becoming an Outdoors-Woman winter program.
The program will be held in Marquette County the weekend of February 27 to March 1.
Sponsored by the DNR, this program offers instruction in more than a dozen kinds of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter shelter-building, ice fishing, fly tying, wilderness first-aid, wood-burning and more. Instructors provide basic and advanced instruction tailored to each participant’s individual ability.The program takes place at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay. The $180.00 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities, including a sauna and hiking trails with access to Lake Superior.BOW workshops are for women, eighteen and older, who wish to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. The winter BOW program also includes special evening programs during the weekend event.For more information, contact Sharon Pitz at the Marquette DNR office at 228-6561 or firstname.lastname@example.org
• The 2014 firearm deer season wrapped up November 30, and challenging conditions and lower deer numbers in some areas likely have led to fewer deer being taken this year.
The 2014 firearm deer season harvest appears to have decreased in all regions this year, but particularly in the Upper Peninsula.
Experiences can differ widely within regions. DNR biologists estimate that, compared to 2013, the harvest was down approximately thirty to forty percent across the Upper Peninsula, decreased perhaps as much as ten percent in the northern Lower Peninsula, and was down about five percent in the southern Lower Peninsula.For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/hunting or www.michigan.gov/deer
• Conservation officers with the DNR are seeking information regarding the illegal killing of a bull moose that occurred in late November in Baraga County.
The moose carcass was discovered on December 13. Based on evidence collected at the site, officers believe the moose was killed in late November along Heart Lake Road near Petticoat Lake Road in the Three Lakes area.
A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Anyone with information related to this case, or any other fish, game or natural resources violation, is asked to call theDNR’s Report All Poaching hotline at (800) 292-7800; the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division at the Marquette Customer Service Center at 228-6561, or may report the information online at www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers Information may be left anonymously.
Michigan currently does not have a moose hunting season, and moose are protected under state law. Penalties for poaching a moose include up to ninety days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.00, restitution of $1,500.00, and a mandatory loss of all hunting privileges for four years.
For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/moose
• UP Health System - Marquette was recognized by Michigan Department of Community Health Director Nick Lyon at a ceremony in Lansing on December 15, for being among the first state-recognized Level II Trauma Centers in Michigan. Level II status is the highest level a hospital can achieve without being part of a university medical center.
UPHSM has the only Level II Trauma Center in the Upper Peninsula, and was among the first trauma centers in the entire state to receive the new state certification. UPHSM was awarded the new state designation this month.
• Joanne Sanfilippo, District Ranger of the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest, made the decisions to permit the Alger Delta Cable Installation project (Special Use Permit) and the Upper Peninsula Power Company Underground Electric Cable Installation project (Special Use Permit).
A copy of the Decision Memorandum is available upon request on the Hiawatha National Forest website http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hiawatha/projects For more information, contact Brenda Rebitzke at 474-6442 extension 117.
• Scott Emerson, MD an Emergency Physician, at UP Health Systems, Marquette, has graduated from The Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Emerson, board certified In Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology, specializes in Emergency Medicine, and has spent thirty-five years serving the local community in the ER as well as fifteen years with the Michigan Poison Control Center System.
This fall, he passed the Board Exam for Integrative Medicine and is now a Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
• The Range Area Mountain Bike Association (RAMBA) recently celebrated the new signage, new mapping and new kiosk with a ribbon cutting.
Their trails climb, wind and descend around the iron range in the western part of Marquette County.