September 2014

City Notes
Edited by Senja Wahlman

Dear editor,
Colorado Yoopers has done annual picnic and winter events in the Denver area for the past sixteen years. The new website has allowed many people of the Upper Peninsula to contact others that live in the area, and we also help nonprofits of Upper Michigan,
The annual picnic this year will be at noon, Sunday September 28, at Sterne Park in Littleton (Colorado). If you know of family or friends from the Upper Peninsula that want to attend or get on our list of Yoopers in Colorado, contact us at
The picnic is a fun day with sharing a plate of food with the group, eating pasties and picking up frozen pasties for future use. We all wear a nametag of the city we are from. We have U.P. trivia and prizes.
This year we are selling Colorado Yoopers T-shirts for $15.00 in different colors and sizes.
We also are requesting nonprofits of the Upper Peninsula to request funds  to be sent to the same website: attention Carl Johnson. If you have a need and would like to receive funds from our group, we review each request as it comes in and share donations to all requests or provide one lump sum to a few nonprofits. Please send your request in as money is sent by year-end. For more information, email me at

Carlton P. Johnson, Jr.

Dear editor,
We have heard from many concerned parents on whether MAPS would be holding its scheduled open houses. The open house is a valued experience for our students and families. These opportunities help in easing the first day jitters, allow students to get to know classrooms and their building, and emphasize the importance of building relationships with teachers, principals and staff.
We have outstanding teachers and staff that we understand may or may not participate. We acknowledge a lack of participation from teachers will detract from this invaluable experience. However, we are committed to doing everything we can to make the first day of school a positive experience.
Please join us at our scheduled open houses.

William Saunders

Dear editor:
My name is Willie.
Would you please make it known to your reading public that we have a group of people working the NA twelve steps of recovery who wish to share our message of recovery from drugs, alcohol and substance abuse with those who want to learn how to recover from an addiction that is causing painful suffering. Please let the public know our doors are open every Monday night at 7:00 p.m., and everyone is welcome. Our group’s name is Change  on M35 and meets at Gwinn United Methodist Church, 341 West Jasper Street, Gwinn.

Willie M.

Dear editor,
I am pleased to reintroduce myself as Miss Fanny of Hewitt Avenue, formerly Kissa of UPAWS.
I am here to tell you how good my young life has been, and it’s all because of the wonderful people who work for or support UPAWS.
I was born into the world just nineteen months ago, a tiny ball of fur who fell into the gentle hands of UPAWS volunteers, and I grew to be a beautiful long-haired tortoiseshell kitten. When I was old enough, a very kind family adopted me. I was sure I had found my forever home.
But only a year or so later, my family had to move to a place that didn’t allow cats. Sadly, they returned me to UPAWS. I love the people there, but I was devastated. What would I do? I am a loving girl, and I did so miss my people.
Many folk came and looked at me, but no one took me home. I was giving up hope. In fact, I was hiding in a covered kitty litter pan until one afternoon, feeling very depressed, when a UPAWS volunteer took me out. In the meeting room I saw a white-haired lady who had been looking for a black female cat.
She’d already met one black cat, a real beauty. How could I compete? I had lots of black in my pretty fur, but I had brown and cream-color, too, even a nice touch of orange.
So I waved my gorgeous, feathery tail as I twined around the lady’s ankles. I purred. I rubbed my cheeks against hers. I purred some more. I made sure she got to stroke my luxurious fur.
She got out a grooming brush, and although it was hard for me, I held perfectly still and purred up a storm while she brushed my fur for what seemed like a very long time. I even looked adoringly at the man who was with her. I knew from her smell and her touch that I wanted her to be my person, my very own person.
I knew from the man’s smell and touch that he already belonged to another cat; but that lady was mine, if I could only convince her.
She had them put me back in the big condo room and spent time with the other cat, while I huddled among my suitemates and worried. I was summoned back into her presence. She held me. She cuddled me. She looked into my eyes. She admired my elegant, black-fringed ears. I could feel it, even as she spoke to the volunteer.
I was chosen.
 I received a health check. They signed; they paid. In the car, I gave not one mew of protest, for I knew I was going home.
It is true that I had to spend a few days confined in one room, according to UPAWS instructions, but how happy I was and how happy I am. For soon the lady saw that I was not afraid or nervous. I was ready to go.
By the weekend, I was exploring their Victorian house, just right for a frilly, old-fashioned girl like me. It goes well with my new, oldfashioned name: Fanny. 
As for their other cat, a rather handsome black tom of Siamese extraction, he is no problem. I have put Sam properly in his place. I do not intrude on his space, and he now knows that I have certain boundaries.
He is actually quite the gentleman. I am training him to play once again, to chase up and down all these wonderful staircases with me. Soon, I believe, we shall be good friends, if not best buddies on my terms.
I am the princess of the house. I go almost everywhere I please; I nap on my lady’s pillow; I supervise all activities. I have found my forever home.
And so I, Miss Fanny of Hewitt, thank UPAWS, and want all the board, the volunteers, contributors, the Strutting Mutts (especially Oliver Hardy) to know what a delightful difference they have made in my life.

Miss Fanny Heldreth
of Hewitt Avenue

Campaign to save the copper in need of donations
For several years, visitors to Presque Isle Park in Marquette have been able to view the world’s largest specimen of glacial float copper perched near the shore of Lake Superior.  Weighing in at more than twenty-eight tons the Smithsonian Institute has confirmed the huge greenish slab is indeed the world’s largest known contiguous piece of glacial copper. The copper is on loan and a small group of people are working to raise the money to keep the slab in its entirey.
 For more information on the campaign to save the copper, please contact June Rydholm at or 249-3814.

Humbolt Township to celebrate sesquicentennial
Humbolt Township is celebrating a sesquicentennial anniversary and the first year operation of the Humbolt Fire Dept with an open house and “Bridge Walk” at the township hall and park on Labor Day, September 1. Events will include, bridge walk, parade, music and games for kids and more. For more information, email

Club Indigo to show The Color of Paradise in September
On Friday, September 5, Club Indigo will present The Color of Paradise, a heart-rending tale about a blind Iranian country boy and his intense desire to live fully against great odds. To put it mildly, it is unforgettable; the kid will remain with you long after the film is over, and the ending comes as a totally unexpected surprise. The buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m., with the movie to follow at 7:15 p.m.
The price for both food and film is $20.00 or $5.00 for the film alone. Kids ten and under receive a special discount. For the buffet, call the theatre at least a day in advance at 337-2610.

The Beaumier Coffee House Series begins its third season
 Performances by two acoustic groups from Marquette will be held Saturday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. The evening will begin with a performance by the duo of Kerry Yost and Dylan Trost, followed by the acoustic swing band, Nick Adams & the Aral Sea Divers. The performances will take place in the Wahtera Pavilion on the campus of Northern Michigan University, located next to Lee Hall. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Togo’s to celebrate fiftieth anniversary
Togo’s is celebrating its fifty year anniversary on September 5, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at its Third Street location. There will be prize drawings for t-shirts and gift cards, a bouncy house and photo booth, and music by Double Trouble DJ’s. Live music will be performed by Everything Under the Sun from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 226-6535.

UP Rainbow Pride to host first Pride Fest in the UP
Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride is hosting the first Pride Fest in the UP, to be held September 6 at Tourist Park in Marquette from 11 am to 10 pm. Live entertainment, including a drag show, open mic, food and vendors. The publlic is welcome and volunteers are needed. For more information, visit

U.P. Beer Festival to be held September 6
The Sixth Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival will take place on September 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Featuring 350 different, locally crafted beers from more than 50 Michigan breweries and a wide array of food from local restaurants will be on tap. Musicians will provide entertainment. Tickets are available in advance $35.00 or $40.00 at the gate.

UPAWS presents Strut Your Mutt on September 6
UPAWS’ “Strut Your Mutt” 2014 takes place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Saturday, September 6. The Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. with registration at 9:00 a.m.
All money raised benefits homeless animals at UPAWS’ shelter to find new loving homes.
For more information, visit or call the shelter at 475-6661.

Nat’l Geo Adventurers of the Year Coming to Marquette
The National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman, are coming to Marquette on September 15 and 16.  Marquette is a stop on their 2,000 mile journey from Ely, Minnesota to Washington D.C.
They will arrive not by land – but as the earliest travelers did– on a boat. Marquette is an important stop on their journey by canoe and sail from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, DC. Special presentations will take place with schools, college students and the public.
The Freemans will be speaking in Marquette on September 15 and 16. For the most up-to-date information, visit
For more information and images from the Freemans’ North American Odyssey, go to:

Calumet Theatre performances in September
On September 20, the Calumet Theatre will present “Chance Quartet,” which invites you to take a walk in the woods with the words of John Muir; one of the world’s great naturalists and father of our national park system.  In “University of the Wilderness,” Muir’s words are accompanied by a score of cello, voice, bass and percussion.  Actor Thomas Clyde Mitchell narrates the story of Muir’s life, from his childhood in Scotland, to his youth in Wisconsin, and finally to his profound and influential experiences in the great Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The Calumet Players will present the fall production of The Diary of Anne Frank dramatized by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, based on the book, Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.  Performances will take place at the Calumet Theatre on September 11, 12, 13 at 7:30.
For more information, call 337-2610.

AmeriCorps celebrates twentieth anniversary
On September 12, AmeriCorps celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a nationwide swearing-in ceremony at the Lansing Community College Dart Auditorium. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the Michigan Community Service Commission and Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will be featured at the ceremony.
For more information, visit or call 517-335-4295.

Hockey on Third parade seeking participants
The fifth annual “Hockey on Third” parade is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, in conjunction with the Old Timers Hockey Tournament. Floats are being accepted that celebrate the area’s hockey teams, dedication and tournaments.
Lineup will take place in the Pine Street gravel parking lot behind the Superior Dome starting as early as 4:00 p.m. The parade will leave NMU at 5:30 p.m.
Registration forms can be found at and returned to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority located at 203 South Front Street in Marquette by Monday, September 15.

Barbershop Chorus and Quartet to return to Marquette
Barbershop Chorus and Quartet Music is returning to Marquette County after decades away.  Two events in September are scheduled to enable its local resurgence.
On September 20, the public is invited to attend the Escanaba Remnants Chorus show at the Afterglow. The headliner is Masterpiece, 2013 International Champions.
 Transportation will be provided to the Afterglow. Cost will vary depending on the amount of people attending. For more information, contact Pete at or visit

Willpower to show at Kaufman Auditorium
Willpower, an original play written by Tyler Tichelaar and directed by Moire Embley, will be perfomed at Kaufman Auditorium on September 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at For more information, call 226-3571.

NMU Homecoming tailgate party set for September 27
Northern Michigan University will hold a free community-wide tailgate party to celebrate Homecoming on Saturday, September 27.  Starting at 4:00 p.m. by the Presque Isle Avenue entrance to the Dome, the event will feature inflatable games, a photo booth, music by Double Trouble DJs, lawn games and activities for all ages. The tailgate precedes the Homecoming football game against Michigan Tech at 7:00 p.m. in the Superior Dome. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit  

Women’s Center slates Evening of Elegance for October 25
The Marquette Women’s Center and Harbor House shelter will celebrate Women of Words on Saturday, October 25, at the Eleventh Annual Evening of Elegance dinner and auction. Proceeds will benefit the Marquette Women’s Center and Harbor House.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m., in the Grand Lobby of the Landmark Inn in Marquette. Tickets are $75.00, and will be available at the Women’s Center, 1310 South Front in Marquette, and from board members. The event will feature a silent auction starting at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., a live auction after the dinner, and live entertainment.  For more information, visit or call 226-6611.

Keynote speaker announced for UP Young Professionals Conference
Mel Charbonneau, cofounder of the women’s running group, Fellow Flowers, has been selected as the keynote presenter for the 2014 UP Young Professionals Conference.
The event, hosted by 40 Below, Marquette County’s young professional organization, will take place Thursday, September 4 at Marquette Mountain Ski Lodge from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A social event will follow.
Registration for the conference is  open. For more information or to register, visit
For more information on the 40 Below organization, visit or call 226-6591.

Second Annual U.P. Authors Day and Book Fair to Be Held
Upper Michigan authors from all ends of the peninsula will gather on October 4, 2014 for the second annual U.P. Authors Day Book Fair at the Westwood Mall. All authors who live in or write about the U.P. are welcome to attend.
The event is being organized by members of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) in coordination with the Westwood Mall.
Book sale hours will be from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. Anyone interested in participating must register before September 20. For more information, contact Tyler Tichelaar at or call 226-1543.

Lake Superior Magazine unveils Best of the Lake winners
The 2014 Best of the Lake winners, unveiled in the new issue of Lake Superior Magazine, include twenty-eight picks from across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Downtown Marquette was voted as the best shopping destination, with Downtown Copper Harbor receiving recognition also.
Many U.P businesses and attractions received honors, such as, The Vierling Restaurant for Best Whitefish Dish, and Whitefish at Harbor Haus also received recognition in this category; Copper World and Che Bello Boutique for Best Shop; The Landmark Inn and Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for Best Overnight Stay; Presque Isle Park and Sugarloaf Mountain for Best In-Town Hike; the U.P. Fall Beer Festival and Art on the Rocks for Best Annual Event; Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for Best Spectacular Views and Best Family Attraction; Brockway Mountain for Best Spectaular Views; Bete Grise Bay and Great Sand Bay for Best Toe-Dipping Beach; Tahquamenon Falls and Bond Falls for Best Waterfall; Soo Locks for Best Family Attraction;  Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and A.E Seaman Mineral Museum for Best Art Gallery/Museum; Harbor Haus for Best Restaurant or Lodging; and, Pictured Rocks Cruises, Isle Royale Line and Soo Locks Boat Tours for Best Boat Ride;
More than 1,200 readers voted this year in the annual survey to find the Lake Superior region’s very best. 
See the entire list of winners online at
Lake Superior Magazine is a family-owned publication now in its 35th year, with offices and an outlet store in Duluth, Minnesota.

Superior Health Foundation presents Camp STAR with $9,000
In June, the Superior Health Foundation and Camp STAR teamed up to host the 2014 SHF Annual Golf Outing. Camp STAR is a children’s bereavement camp held  in August at Bay Cliff Health Camp. The golf outing, held at the Wawonowin Country Club in West Ishpeming, raised $18,000.00, with SHF and Camp STAR splitting the proceeds equally. In early 2015, the SHF will again seek a golf partner with a health-centered mission for its 2015 outing. To learn more about the SHF, visit

SHF accepting grant proposals to improve oral health
The Superior Health Foundation is accepting grant proposals to improve oral health for children across the Upper Peninsula.  The Superior Health Foundation will award more than $200,000 in grant dollars this fall to this cause.
A complete grant application overview and eligibility requirements are available on the SHF home page at or the SHF office at 121 North Front Street, Marquette. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 8. For more information, contact Jim LaJoie at 225-6914.

Marquette County Democrats headquarters open
The 2014 Marquette County campaign headquarters are located at 1021 West Washington Street. Included in the ceremony were remarks from special guests Jerry Cannon, Democratic candidate for Congress and Lisa Brown, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant-Governor. 

Halloween Spectacle volunteer opportunities available
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announced the third annual Halloween Spectacle, scheduled for Saturday, October 25. The City of Marquette and the Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. MACC is looking for volunteers – individuals, groups, teams, organizations, co-workers, and families.
If you or your group has an idea or wants to take part in the Spectacle, contact the arts center, located at 217 North Front Street in the lower level of PWPL. Needed are actors, musicians, set builders, stage managers, costume designers, make up artists and security personnel. All ages are encouraged.
For more information, call 228-0472 or email

Waiting for Orson performed at the NY Fringe Festival
An official selection of both the 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival and the juried New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), Waiting for Orson is a jazz-infused journey into the inner workings of a mind either devolving into insanity or reaching for enlightenment. Inspired by surreal events, Ian Leahy’s play tells the story of an idealistic young man shattering the closest relationships in his life for the fervent belief that an extraterrestrial will meet him in New York’s Penn Station to deliver a world-changing musical gift.
The cast and crew of Waiting for Orson is made up of Marquette area residents who will take the show on the road from the Upper Peninsula to New York and Chicago.
Director and NMU theatre graduate Rebekah Heldt believes it is important to give area residents an opportunity to experience and support the show.

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 accepted.
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.

Local Author’s Corner
Alan Larsen has taken a major portion of his lifetime of memories that are intertwined at Camp Michigamme (located on beautiful Lake Michigamme in the center of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) and has published a book filled with dozens of photos, sketches, news clippings and camp memorabilia that will take you back in time in a flash. Travel back in time with Alan and enjoy this taste of the past and learn more about this beloved sanctuary as you ride down the avenue of history and memories.
Stories abound that will delight and inform the reader beginning with life in the 1920’s and going decade by decade through the changes right up through today.
The cost of this book is $20.00 ($25.00 if mailed) and will be available as an e-Book on for Kindle.
All proceeds are being donated to Camp Michigamme.
Political Briefs:
• Two Upper Peninsula fire departments will receive federal grants to purchase new firefighting vehicles, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have announced.
Sugar Island Township Fire Department will receive $208,696.00, and Norway Volunteer Fire Department will receive $237,500.00 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
For more information on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, visit

DNR News & Notes:
• The Department of Natural Resources announced that a third official Michigan online hunter education course is now available at
A Michigan-based company, Hunter Ed Course offers its online hunter education course for $17.99. The course features lessons on safe, legal and responsible hunting practices and uses narration, closed captioning, interactive exercises and photos that replicate what a hunter will see in the field.
Students will need to preregister for the field/skills day before taking the online course. Upon passing the online course, they will be eligible to complete the field day with an instructor and take the written exam.
Students can search for a class in their area and find more information about the hunter education program at

News Briefs:
• U.P. 3D Physical Therapy celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. U.P. 3D Physical Therapy is located at 1025 Washington Street, Suite 2 in Marquette.
 • Theresa Sell, FIC, Marquette, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing outstanding financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2013. Out of Thrivent Financial’s 2,300 financial representatives, only 138 qualified for this honor. Sell has been with Thrivent Financial for eight years and recognized for her performance multiple times.
• Marquette General Neuropsychologist, Dr. Jessica Caldwell, PhD, recently authored an article in the August issue of The Journal of NeuroVirology - a journal focused on viruses that impact brain function. Caldwell and her colleagues looked at brain activity in people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). They found that although people with HIV could perform a simple task just as well as noninfected people, their brains used more activity to do so. Caldwell’s study shows that even with good medication treatments for HIV, people living with HIV may struggle with thinking due to HIV-related changes in the brain.
• Honor Credit Union (formerly SIR Federal Credit Union) celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Honor Credit Union’s mission is to provide solutions for financial success. It is located at 490 U.S. 41 in Negaunee and is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
• Wells Fargo supported a Marquette County Habitat for Humanity build in Ishpeming with $15,000.00 and volunteers. Habitat for Humanity is building homes for two families in Ishpeming.
• Jessica & Company celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Jessica & Company prides itself on the large array of services offered, including massages, body waxing and all nail services. It also specializes in all types of hair extensions from custom-made clip-ins to Micro Links. It is located at 501 N. Third Street, next to Third Street Bagel in Marquette.
• Marquette City Police Department Patrol Officer Greg Kinonen was promoted to the position of Detective Corporal effective July 14. Greg began his career with the Marquette Police Department in October of 1997, as a Patrol Officer and has been a road officer since that time.




Mars and Saturn are low in the southwest after sunset in the late twilight sky. During September, Mars moves eastward into Scorpius as Saturn remains in the southwest and loses some altitude. In the morning twilight, Jupiter climbs higher each day while Venus loses altitude. Venus rises just before the sun by month’s end. Bright white Venus passes very close to the white first magnitude star Regulus around the 5th. Antares is a huge red supergiant star and is the brightest star in Scorpius. Due to its distinct color, it is known as ‘the Scorpion’s Heart’ and ‘the Rival of Mars’. Pale orange-red Mars passes above pale reddish Antares on the 27th and 28th. On the 27th, the crescent moon is to the right of Saturn and on the 28th, it is halfway between Saturn and Mars. On the 29th, it is above Mars and Antares.

CONSTELLATIONS - September marks the beginning of fall with the autumnal equinox on the 22nd. Nevertheless, the summer constellations are still the big attraction in the early evening sky. The central regions of the Milky Way galaxy remain prominent low in the south. Straight up is the bright star Deneb in Cygnus the Swan. This star denotes the tail of the Swan from classical times. In more modern times however, Deneb is recognized as part of two asterisms. An asterism is a sub-group of stars that is not officially a full constellation. Deneb is the top star of the Northern Cross and is a member of the Summer Triangle. The Summer Triangle consists of Deneb, Altair and Vega, the brightest stars from three separate constellations. This huge isosceles triangle stretches over most of the sky directly overhead. The Milky Way flows through it on its way to the southern horizon, with the southern apex of the triangle, Altair, pointing the way.
-Craig Linde
Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society
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