August 2014

City Notes
Edited by Senja Wahlman

Dear editor,
The ongoing controversy about sports teams’ logos depicting First Nation people is ridiculous, if not idiotic. Apologists for the demeaning labels and cartoon characterizations insinuate they are meant to “honor” Native Americans. Have they ever asked the Nez Perce, Lakota, Dine’, Cherokee, Ojibwe or any other native community if they feel “honored”?
Anyone who knows about Sand Creek, the Long Walk, the Trail of Tears, Washita or Wounded Knee would not promote “honoring” native people with puerile logos. Imagine how long teams mascots like Houghton Hebrews, Negaunee Negros or Pelkie Polacks – each complete with demeaning cartoons – would be tolerated? Isn’t it time to honor Native Americans in more respectful ways?

Lon Emerick

Dear editor,
Thank you…thank you…thank you…for your continued financial support of Public Radio 90 and for making it possible for us to be the radio station of choice for so many.  More than fifty percent of our operating budget comes from listeners like you, making it our largest and most reliable source of funding. So your annual contributions literally make everything you hear on WNMU-FM possible. 
During our 2014 fund-raising year, which ended June 30, regional businesses and individual listeners gave $492,300.00 to help keep Public Radio 90 running strong for another year. 
While we didn’t quite reach our $500,000.00 goal, thankfully we’re expecting only slight increases in our program costs during 2015 so with a little creative budgeting we shouldn’t have to make any substantial changes. 
Unfortunately, NPR wasn’t so lucky, and they have had to eliminate staff and discontinue production of a couple programs in order to balance their budget.  One of the programs is “Tell Me More” with host Michelle Martin.  So, starting the first week in August, WNMU-FM will feature encore presentations of some of our favorite weekend programs at 6:30 p.m. like Wait…Wait, Don’t Tell Me, Big Picture Science, A Way With Words, Marketplace Weekend and The Splendid Table. 
When you think about how many hours of quality news and music Public Radio 90 brings you, your annual membership contribution is just pennies per hour.  The money you generously give to WNMU-FM makes it possible for in-depth news and quality music to have a home on the radio.    
Listeners continue to join our Sustaining Member ranks with one of every four donors now committing to a Sustaining Membership, we’re up to 518 strong.  By authorizing Public Radio 90 to automatically deduct annual membership contributions from a bank or credit union account or debit or credit card, we know we can count on nearly $127,000.00 from our Sustaining Members to help pay our 2015 programming costs.  That’s fantastic.
Perhaps you got the chance to record with a friend at the Story Corps mobile booth at Peter White Public Library during July. We’re looking forward to sharing all our Yooper stories with you as well as the rest of the world through the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress.
  At Public Radio 90 we bring you programming that educates, entertains and surprises you.  Where else can you spend an hour gaining new perspectives on the news of the day and being delighted by a new piece of music by a composer you’ve never heard of?  
Listener support is the lifeblood of public radio and we sincerely appreciate all you do for Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM. We look forward to an even brighter future with you by our side.
Evelyn Massaro
  Station Manager

P.S. If good intentions paid the bills we’d be on easy street, but unfortunately they don’t.   So, if you pledged during one of our fund-raising campaigns this year and haven’t yet paid your pledge, please browse to WNMUFM.ORG and click on the “pledge now” button at the top of the page to pay with a credit or debit card or mail us a check.  As of July 18, we still had $65,000.00 in unpaid pledges.  Thanks.

Dear editor,
I decided to send this heart-felt email to you to let you know that I, as a thirty-one-year dedicated teacher in the Marquette District, hope to encourage you to vote “YES” in the upcoming millage.  Having worked on several committees in the district over the course of my career I have seen our district struggle through some challenging and successful times.  I have also “walked-the-walk” as a MSHS alumnus, parent of two successful MSHS graduates, daughter and wife of two past School Board members, and an educator for more than half of my life. 
Most recently, I have also been a member of the MAPS Strategic Planning Team that has worked diligently, over the past two years, to come up with a building alignment recommendation and to narrow down some of the most important needs in our district that would improve our buildings as far as security, structure, and learning environment in each school building.  This list of needs is not full of fluff and extravagance, but rather the highest priorities that our buildings and school family need over the next ten years. It does not directly address the contract that my fellow teachers are working toward, but its basic goals will protect our students and staff, making our learning environment healthier, and keep our buildings in working order. I realize that not all of my colleagues are in agreement with me, and I respect their right to disagree, but I also hope that my dedication and wisdom, after making education my life’s career, has earned me their respect for my position as well.  I am optimistic that our district will pull through this challenging time, and I also know that our educators in the district want an end to the struggles that we have faced over the past year.  I also think that we would be “shooting ourselves in the foot” to not work together to get this millage successfully passed. 
So again, I encourage all of our community members to vote for, and to support, this upcoming millage. This affirmative vote will strive to make the future positive and bright for our MAPS community. The healing must start some time and now is the time. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. 
Kay Angeli

Dear editor,
Can you please post the following community announcement in your In Brief section? We are a volunteer nonprofit committee working with permission and cooperation of the City of Norway. The festival is open to the public and free for all:
The Leif Erickson/Fall Festival Planning Committee is looking for parties interested in entering a float in this year’s Viking Parade in Norway, on Saturday, October 11. Any community organizations or businesses interested in participating are encouraged to do so. There will be a $100.00 first prize for best Viking-themed float as well as cash prizes for second and third places. For more information, visit or call Kelley Laughlin at 563-9304 or Barb Thorne, at 282-4426.

R. Kelley Laughlin, Jr.

UP Young Professionals Conference seeks presenters
The 40 Below Upper Peninsula Young Professionals Conference will be held Thursday, September 4, at Marquette Mountain. The conference features panel discussions and breakout sessions, with this year’s theme of: “Cultivate You, Your Ideas, and Your Business.”
The conference committee is seeking individuals and panels to present during the breakout sessions. Use this  opportunity to connect with and deliver your message to the largest gathering of young professionals in the Upper Peninsula. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 30.
For more information, contact Ashley Geist, 40 Below Annual Conference planning committee member, at 486-1111 or email

MABS asks music lovers to paint guitars for Blues Fest
The Marquette Area Blues Society invites all area music lovers, artists, business owners and MABS members to decorate a wooden guitar for display on light poles along the lakeshore during August and the Blues Fest.
The cost is $15.00 per guitar or $10.00 for MABS members, and the guitars will be returned to the artists after display. Guitars may be picked up at Marquette Wallpaper and Paint (115 South Third Street) and must be returned there by Saturday, August 9.
For more information, call Mark Hamari at 235-9690.
MAPS asks public to vote for the Sinking Fund on August 5
Marquette Area Public Schools Sinking Fund will be designated to help MAPS students by providing safer and more secure school buildings, updating deteriorating infrastructure, increasing energy efficiency, providing modern technology for all students, and enhancing the classroom environment. For more information, visit

MI State Bar seminar to be held in August
Members of the State Bar of Michigan Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, in partnership with members of the SBM Elder Law and Disability Rights Section and SBM Probate and Estate Planning Section, will visit senior centers in fifty-one Michigan counties, including the Negaunee Senior Citizens Center at noon on Wednesday, August 6.
The bar will offer a one-hour seminar to inform and empower senior citizens about estate planning decisions. Committee and section members will present the seminar on August 6, and will make a few additional presentations on other dates ranging from early August through October.
For more information, contact the Negaunee Senior Center at 475-6266 or State Bar of Michigan Professional Standards Division Paralegal Amy Emmons at (517) 346-6343 or

Club Indigo to show King Kong in August
On August 8, Club Indigo will present the original beauty and the beast movie, King Kong (1933). A buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the movie will follow at 7:15 p.m.
The price for both food and film is $20.00 or $5.00 for the movie alone. Kids ten and under receive a special discount. For the buffet, call the Calumet Theatre at least a day in advance at 337-2610.

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic looking for volunteers
The Marquette General 2014 Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic will be held on Saturday, August 9.  Last year’s race was a huge success, thanks in part to all of the volunteers who so generously gave their time and talents to a wonderful community event.  The race committee is seeking volunteers to fill various positions for this year’s race. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Ore to Shore at or call 866-370-7223. Someone from the race committee will be in touch to assign and confirm volunteer responsibilities.

Miriam Pickens chosen as featured artist for Eagle Harbor Art Fair
The Copper Country Associated Artists Fine Art Fair and Exhibit takes place in the courtyard of St. Peter’s by the Sea and the area surrounding the historic Rathbone School in Eagle Harbor. Sixty-five artists will set up tents for the fifty-fourth annual event. The art fair will take place 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday August 9 and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday August 10.
Several local organizations will be offering food and beverage services. All of the Keweenaw County Historical Sites will be open. Copper Country Associated Artists maintains a gallery at 205 Fifth Street, Calumet, which offers workshops and classes. For more information, call Linda Dodge at 337-3969.
Originally from Canada, Miriam Pickens graduated in Biology from McGill University and received an MEd in Science Education from the University of Georgia. Miriam brings her painting and ceramic skills together to create functional dinnerware embellished with pictures of butterflies and birds.

Calumet Theatre schedule for August
Bob Milne will perform a ragtime/boogie-woogie piano concert on Monday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The original play Red Jacket 1913—One Family’s Story, adapted by James B. Harris from the play No More Games is a moving drama about the lives of a family of four and the challenges endured during the 1913 copper miners’ strike. Directed by Patricia Helsel, MTU Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, the play will premiere on August 14 and August 15, during Heritage Week in Calumet. 
The Blooze Brothers will perform Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. The twelve-piece show band, modeled after the original Blues Brothers, covers swing, motown, soul, R&B and classic rock.
The Tamburitzans, presented by the CLK Rotary Club, will perform on Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. The dance troupe performs folk songs from the Eastern European region.

Giving motherhood a voice book tour arrives in the UP
In August, the giving motherhood a voice book tour arrives in the Upper Peninsula with series of three talks in Escanaba, Marquette and Ishpeming. Highlighted with readings from Suzi Banks Baum’s An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-Six Women Give Motherhood a Voice, and music by Terri L. Bocklund. These free events will include a conversation with audience members celebrating the creativity of even the most uncelebrated acts of parenting.
Hosted by the Escanaba Public Library on August 14 at 6:30 p.m, the Marquette Arts and Cultural Center at Peter White Public Library on August 15 at 2:00 p.m, and the Joy Center of Ishpeming on Saturday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m, these events are open to all. For more details, contact Tiina Harris at or Suzi Banks Baum at or 413-429-1799.

Downtown Marquette receives recognition
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is pleased to announce that Downtown Marquette has been named “The Best Shopping Experience for 2014” in Lake Superior Magazine’s Best of the Lake Awards.    
Downtown Marquette will be featured in the August/September 2014 issue of the magazine which will highlight the winner of each of the eleven categories that were open for voting.
Lake Superior Magazine will announce the winners on its website on August 1. For more information, visit

MFC urges public to oppose H.R. 4432
The Marquette Food Co-op urges the public to oppose bill H.R. 4432. Representative Mike Pompeo, (R-Kansas), has introduced bill H.R. 4432, which would make it illegal for states to enact laws requiring GMO ingredients in food to be labeled. Please take the time to make your voice heard. For information, visit the Environmental Working Group’s form at 

Finn Fun Day to be held in Negaunee
Sponsored by the League of Finnish American Societies, UP Chapter, the fifth annual Finn Fun Day will be held Saturday, August 23, at the Negaunee Township Hall, 42 M-35.  Festivities begin at 11:00 a.m., ending with accordion music for listening and dancing from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to all, but donations are appreciated. For more information, call Joyce at 486-9428.

AmeriCorps asks public to volunteer in honor of 9/11
9/11 inspired us all to serve. The meaning of the day came from those who raced to serve when their fellow citizens faced great need: first responders, registered volunteers, and random people on the street. What’s a pressing issue in your community that affords you the opportunity to “run in?”  How will you serve? Consider applying for a mini-grant to help fund a volunteering idea. Grants of up to $500.00 can be awarded. The deadline for submissions is August 11. For more information, email

UPAWS annual Strut Your Mutt scheduled September 6
Rain or shine, dogs and their people pals will be hitting the ground walking in an effort to raise money for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s homeless pets. UPAWS’ charity walk, “Strut Your Mutt” 2014 takes place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park Saturday, September 6. The Walk begins at 10:00 a.m. with registration at 9:00 a.m. All money raised goes to help homeless animals at UPAWS shelter find new loving homes. For more information, visit or call the shelter at 475-6661.
Halloween Spectacle coordinator needed
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is seeking an event coordinator for the Third Annual Halloween Spectacle on October 25.  The Spectacle coordinator will be required to collaborate with participating community groups, performers, artists and volunteers on all aspects of the performance. Highly organized individuals with experience in coordinating community events are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to the MACC at 300 West Baraga Avenue or hand deliver to the center, located in the lower level of Peter White Public Library. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 11.
For more information, call (906) 228-0472 or email

PWPL and SAIL announce a new book club
Peter White Public Library and Superior Alliance for Independent Living have announced the newest book club in town, meeting Thursday evenings at Yoop-Phoria, 156 West Washington Street, downtown Marquette.
PWPL and SAIL joined forces in August 2012 to start the first Next Chapter Book Club in the U.P.  Later that fall a second group was added.  This third group started in May and currently is reading Tom Sawyer.
Next Chapter Book Club is the largest community-based literacy program for adults with developmental disabilities in the world.  Founded in 2002, in Columbus, OH, NCBC has grown to more than 250 book clubs in more than one hundred cities.
For more information on joining, facilitating, or otherwise supporting the Next Chapter Book Clubs, contact Ellen Moore at PWPL, 226-4312, or Kristine Tollefson at SAIL, 228-5744.

MooseWood Nature Center hours for August 
The MooseWood Nature Center will be open from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the month of August. For more information, visit

K-SNAG offers spay/neuter assistance
Keweenaw Spay Neuter Assistance Group (K-SNAG) can provide financial assistance with spaying and neutering pets. The group also 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 empty one pound red plastic coffee canisters. For more information, call 296-9144.

Holiday Art Sale applications being accepted
The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center will hold its 2014 Holiday Art Sale on Saturday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This sale is open to artists in all media, including painting, photography, fibers, glass, jewelry, metals and wearable art. This is a juried show and will not accept any kit, import, country craft or resale items.
Applications are available online or can be picked up at the MACC, which is located in the lower level of PWPL, at 217 North Front Street in Marquette. Artists will be notified with jury decisions by Friday, September 19. For more information, please contact the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 228-0472 or email

Fourth of July fireworks to continue through 2015
Bruce Tyree of Great Lakes Fireworks expressed regrets and intent to refund the Fourth of July Fireworks Committee for the Fourth of July fire at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The committee has voted to continue to function through 2015.
The committee received a letter from Great Lakes Fireworks expressing their regrets and intent to refund to the Committee for the Fourth of July fire at Mattson Lower Harbor Park.

Forest Roberts Theatre announces 2014-15 line up
The Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University has announced its 2014-15 theatre season. It will feature two fantastic musicals, a gritty original work and a British-born comic drama.
The season opens with A Paper Tiger in the Rain, written by David J. Swanson, September 30 through October 11 in The James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.  This is the current winner of the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award Competition. 
The second offering in the season Chicago, book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb runs November 19 through 22 in the Forest Roberts Theatre. A true musical institution, Chicago has everything that makes theatre great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. 
The second half of the season begins with Tribes by Nina Raine running February 10 through 21 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre.  This smart, lively play asks us to hear how we hear, in silence as well as in speech. 
The season wraps with Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, April 15 through 18 in the Forest Roberts Theatre.  A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for more than thirty years.
In addition to the mainstage productions, there is a Studio Series of shows.  Come celebrate Halloween at the FRT in the Haunted Theatre, October 30 through November 1, which features a child-friendly and PG-13 version. Two Studio plays will be presented: The Collector, November 7 through 8, and A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, March 13 through 14 both in the Black Box Theatre. The NMU Dance Concert takes place on March 29 in the theatre.
Season tickets are available and will remain on sale depending on availability. For more information, stop by the theatre weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or call 227-2082. Season tickets are available from “EZ Tickets” in the Superior Dome.  First Nighters Club memberships also are available.
The public is invited to join Northern Michigan University faculty, staff and students for the annual Theatre Interest Night at 7:30 p.m. on August 28 in Forest Roberts Theatre.
Information about auditions, directing scenes and student-directed productions will be available. For more information, call 227-2082 weekdays between noon and 6:00 p.m.

Marquette Board of Light and Power receives recognition
Marquette Board of Light and Power has been designated a Reliable Public Power Provider by the American Public Power Association again. Previously, MBLP has earned a Gold and two Platinum Level designations. This year, MBLP is one of only twenty-nine utilities to earn the Diamond Level, by scoring a perfect 100 percent. To earn this designation, industry-leading practices must be shown in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement.

Beaumier Heritage Center hosting closing reception
The Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, located on Northern Michigan University’s campus, is hosting a closing reception for the “What’s On Tap?: Brewing in the Upper Peninsula” exhibit on Friday, August 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available with live music by Norwegians Wood. Admission is free.
“What’s On Tap: Brewing in the Upper Peninsula,” a student created exhibit, is the result of over four months work by Beaumier Center assistants Courtney Herber, Gabby Hoffman, and Adam Papin. On display through September 6th, this exhibit takes visitors on a historic walk-through of brewing in the U.P., beginning in the 1850s and exploring the legacy that has led to today’s modern breweries. On display are photos, historic breweriana, and personal stories of modern brewers.

Political Briefs:
• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced support for Sawyer International Airport in Marquette to purchase new safety equipment and rehabilitate runway lighting. The $1,126,966.00 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
• Senator Carl Levin, and Senator Mark Kirk, co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, wrote to task force members informing them that Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Senator Rob Portman, have agreed to serve as task force vice-chairs.
 • The U.S. Treasury Department released data showing a small business lending program authored by Senator Carl Levin, has led to a $79.3 million federal investment that helps Michigan small businesses get the capital they need.  The funding for Michigan exceeds that of any other state.
• Senator Carl Levin, co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and four colleagues introduced legislation requiring a federal assessment of Great Lakes waters with significant cultural, historic or archaeological value for possible preservation as federal marine sanctuaries. The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Assessment Act would direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to submit to Congress a report and recommendations on possible Great Lakes sanctuaries.
• The Upper Peninsula office of Senator Carl Levin and several federal, state and local agencies are cosponsoring the Meth and Opioid Drug Education Summit on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Northern Michigan University, in the Explorer Rooms in the University Center. Representatives from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Guard Midwest Counterdrug Training Center, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Marquette Women’s Center, and other state and federal agencies will discuss drug-related topics during the daylong conference.
Registration is required and is being accepted for this limited capacity event. The non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Summit registration packets are available on Levin’s website at; at Northern Michigan University Public Safety Institute at; at the Great Lakes Recovery Centers at and NorthCare Network at
The Meth and Opioid Drug Education Summit is a continuation of crime prevention outreach efforts by Levin’s U.P. office. Please contact Levin’s U.P. office at 789-0052 with any questions about the event.
• Senator Carl Levin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, introduced legislation to make permanent a small-business lending program created under legislation he authored in 2010. The Intermediary Lending Program was created as part of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. It provides funding to nonprofit intermediary lenders to make small to mid-sized loans to small businesses. Since enactment, intermediaries in twenty states across the country have issued more than 300 loans to small businesses, totaling more than twenty-six million dollars. Two Michigan intermediary lenders, Northern Initiatives in the state’s Upper Peninsula and the Detroit Development Fund, have each received one million dollars in funding through the program to extend loans to local small businesses.
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced support for the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department. The funding comes through the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The $14,000.00 grant will be used to help the community buy a new police vehicle for use in heavy snow conditions.

DNR News & Notes:
• July 15 marked the end of the three-month window when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased to healthy red oak trees. The DNR reminds residents not to move wood from trees with oak wilt.
To report a suspected oak wilt site, email or call 517-284-5895.
To learn more about other forest health issues in Michigan, go to
• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host an open house in Stephenson to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Escanaba management unit, which includes Delta and Menominee counties. The open house is set for: Thursday, August 21 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (CDT) at the DNR Stephenson Field Office, West 5420 River Road.
 The DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas. The review will take place: Wednesday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Escanaba State Office Building, second floor conference room, 305 Ludington Street.
Anyone unable to attend either meeting may submit comments via email to Eric Thompson at using the subject line “Escanaba state forest open house comment.” All comments must be received at least three business days before each meeting. For more information about the state forest planning process, visit

News Briefs:
• Jim LaJoie’s regular column for The U.P. Catholic, From the Sidelines, received an Honorable Mention by the Catholic Press Association of The United States and Canada.  The award was announced at the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, NC.
LaJoie’s column was entered into the “Best Regular Column - Culture, the arts and leisure” category, and was up against publications of every size, including national publications.
• The U.P. Hair Company, an extension of Marquette’s JC Penney Salon,moved to a  new location in the plaza between Arby’s and The Safety Store.




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