by Senja Wahlman
Although it is just beginning to be summer in Marquette County, I would like to remind boys, girls and parents that youth football is right around the corner. We need kids to sign up now. Later in July, teams will be formed and the difference of just a few players can make a big difference in the number of teams in each division. Please believe me, once teams are formed and equipment is issued, it can be impossible to get a new player involved. If I can be of help, feel free to call me.
MCYF Board Member
and Player Safety Coach
This July 4 marks the 238th anniversary of the day we declared ourselves a "free" and independent nation. Since that time we have replaced the chains of monarchy and feudalism with the chains of Corporations and Banking Institutions. Our countrymen are enslaved with insurmountable debt to these financial czars who have bought out our democratic rights and turned the institutions of governance into their personal genie while using campaign financing as their magic lamp.
The cause of these problems is the Capitalist system. The pursuit of unfettered greed that is perpetuated under this system has led to the enslavement not only of millions of Americans but multiple nations around the world. A nation cannot call itself free if that nation is willing to put innocent lives in bondage. If we wish to be a truly free nation, we must be willing to release ourselves from these shackles by creating an alternative that puts the needs of its people and the self-determination of other nations first. Only then can we rightly say that our nation is FREE. Let this be the promise of every American to future generations; let us build a new America.
MSU economic developer presents workshop
Michigan State University Extension is presenting a two-hour class on how to start your Michigan business on June 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. This workshop is held at the Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front Street, Marquette, MI 49855. This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is easy by calling 906-524-6300 or online: http://msu.anr.msu.edu
Festival of Treasures to take place July 3 in Ishpeming
The Festival of Treasures street fair will take place in downtown Ishpeming on Thursday, July 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Live music, food, sidewalk sales, vendors, artists and kids’ activities will be featured.
For more information, check the Ishpeming Business Association on Facebook, call 486-8621, or go to gincc.org
Downtown Ishpeming open for business
In its final year of a three-year project, Main Street in Ishpeming is being completed with paving and sidewalks by the end of June, just in time for the annual Festival of Treasures on July 3.
The businesses located on Main Street want to thank the customers who continued to frequent their stores during construction. They would also like to encourage people to come and check out the downtown now that construction is at an end.
YMCA looking for volunteer mentors
The YMCA of Marquette County is looking for volunteer mentors for the Reach & Rise(tm) Mentoring Program. This is a free one to one therapeutic mentoring program for youth ages six to seventeen and their families. This program is managed by a Licensed Professional Counselor and training on Para-Professional counseling skills is included. The YMCA is looking for mentors who value investing time in children and youth, healthy relationships, and guiding by modeling healthy communication and behaviors. For more information, contact Melissa DeMarse at 906.227.9622, Ext. 13 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPAWS plans July events to help save homeless animals
On July 4, UPAWS’ Marquette Sunrise Dog Dash with Costume Contest will take place at Picnic Rocks Park at the corner of Lake Shore Boulevard and East Fair Avenue in Marquette. Register between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. with the start at 8:30 a.m. rain or shine or online. Dogs entered receive an Independence Day bandana while supplies last. There will be multiple awards provided, including a Dog Costume Contest to happen after the run/walk.
The fifth annual UPAWS Rummage Sale takes place in July, August and September. UPAWS is looking for any gently used and new items that can be resold to help homeless animals.
Collection times, starting June 18, are Wednesdays, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring items to 6570 US 41 in Harvey. Sale dates are: July 11 to 13; August 1 to 3; September 11 to 14. For more information, contact Lareina at email@example.com
On July 18, the seventeenth annual "Tee Up 4 Tails" golf fund-raiser will be held. The $100.00 registration includes eighteen holes of golf, a cart, and buffet lunch after play. The day also offers a raffle, 50/50, silent auction and the chance to win great prizes. The tournament takes place at the Marquette Golf Club Heritage course. This year, there will be a hole-in-one chance sponsored by Fox of Marquette and Fox of Negaunee with a chance to win a car. Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m.
UPAWS invites the public to visit the shelter seven days a week from noon until 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays until 6:30 p.m. UPAWS is located approximately one mile off US-41 at 84 Snowfield Road in Negaunee Township just east of the TV-6 station. For more information, visit www.upaws.org or call 475-6661. UPAWS is an open admission shelter that turns no animal away.
Negaunee Pioneer Days to take place July 5-12
Negaunee’s Annual Pioneer Days events will take place July 5-12. The theme of this year’s event is “Honoring Brothers and Sisters Everywhere” and will feature Jayne Letts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties as the Parade Marshall. For more information and the complete event listing, visit www.negauneeirontown.org and www.michiganfireworks.com or call 486-8084.
K.I. Sawyer Community Center opens
The K.I. Sawyer Community Center is now open. Lunch will be served on weekdays by way of the Gwinn Schools through August 25. The current hours are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, or to schedule an event or meeting, please call Dale at 869-3935.
StoryCorps teams up with WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90
StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of people from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Marquette from July 5 to August 7, as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth—an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio—will be parked at Peter White Public Library, 217 North Front Street. Reservations will be available at 10:00 a.m. on June 19, or call StoryCorps’ twenty-four-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406, or visit storycorps.org. Additional appointments will be available on July 8.
StoryCorps’ MobileBooth interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other. A trained StoryCorps facilitator guides participants through the interview process. At the end of each forty-minute recording session, participants receive a complimentary CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
To help offset its operating costs, StoryCorps suggests a donation of at least $25.00 for each MobileBooth interview. If participants cannot afford to meet the suggested donation, they may participate at no cost to ensure that StoryCorps remains a free public service.
The Alzheimer’s Café to meet in July
The Alzheimer’s Cafe is an opportunity for people and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia to get out and socialize in a safe, supportive space that is warm and friendly, like a cafe or coffee shop. It's an accepting social setting to chat, relax, listen to music and enjoy refreshments.
The Alzheimer’s Cafe will be open Wednesday, July 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Marquette Adult Day Services in Marquette and Thursday, July 17 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn. Marquette Adult Day Services is located in the east end of Messiah Lutheran Church at 305 West Magnetic in Marquette. For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association at 228-3910 or Marquette Adult Day Services at 226-2142. Grace Lutheran Church is located at 558 West M35 in Gwinn. For more information, call Lynn Marjonen at 346-3727.
The Alzheimer's Cafe meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Marquette and the third Thursday of every month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Gwinn.
Club Indigo shows Murder By Death in July
On July 11, Club Indigo will present Neil Simon’s last hit farce, Murder By Death. A buffet will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will follow at 7:15.
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.
LCAP to offer art camps in Big Bay
Liberty Childrens Art Project (LCAP) will teach two five-day art camps for children six-years-old and up this summer at the Powell Township School Art Garage. Session one will be held Monday through Friday, July 7 through July 11 and will include a session from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. for children from first through fifth grade. This session, “A Kaleidoscope of Color in Free Form Art” will include painting, printmaking and clay creations. The afternoon session from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. will be for sixth grade and up and will emphasize learning to throw pots on the Potter's Wheel as well as working with hand-building large ceramic pieces as well as carving and printmaking with clay.
Session Two will be from Monday- Friday, August 11 to 15, with the morning session 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. for children from first through fifth grade, called “Indigenous Art Inspired by Nature.” This session will include nature based art inspired by Native Americans of the Great Lakes, Southwest and Pacific Northwest in drawing, painting and printmaking methods as well as diorama and free form sculpture. In the afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 a.m. for sixth grade and up a clay workshop will emphasis learning to throw pots on the Potter's Wheel as well as sculpture techniques and printmaking with clay.
The classes will meet at the Powell Township School Art Garage located at 101 Deutsch in Big Bay. Students are welcome to come to some or all days.
These drop-in classes are free of charge to Powell Township children but open to all children in the U.P. at $25.00 per week or $5.00 for one day workshop. Thanks go to the generous support of the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call LCAP director, Carol Phillips at 228-3956 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
City Green Market to participate in Go Big for Kids 2014
Carrie, Jeff and Henry Plummer of City Green Market in Negaunee will be participating in the two-mile walk for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties on July 12. For more information, please view their fund-raising page at http://gobigforkids2014.kintera.org. City Green Market is open Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Negaunee.
PWPL to feature dialogue with Michigan writer
Lovers of good music, good writing and delicious coffee are invited to the Book Notes Coffeehouse with U.P. singer/songwriter Michael Waite and Traverse City author Cari Noga on Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Peter White Public Library’s Community room.
Michael Waite opens the evening performing with his acoustic fingerpicking style and smooth vocals highlighting his beautifully crafted songs.
The evening features a dialogue with Cari Noga, author of the 2013 book, Sparrow Migrations, a tale of five characters connected by 2009’s Miracle on the Hudson plane crash. The novel was a semifinalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.
Noga is a writer, reader, mother, bicyclist and wine lover. With her degree in journalism, she wrote for daily newspapers in and around Michigan for ten years, then switched to freelance work contributing regularly to the Detroit Free Press, books, radio and online publications. Her work has been broadcast on National Public Radio programs and she was a researcher and occasional host of a local news talk show on her home affiliate, WIAA-Interlochen Public Radio.
Caroline Jordan, retired PWPL reference librarian serves, as the evening’s conversation host. A book and CD sale and signing opportunity will wind up the evening, which will feature freshly roasted Dead River Coffee for refreshment.
There is no admission charge. For more information, and for a complete listing of all PWPL July events, call the Peter White Public Library at 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info
2014 Keweenaw NHP Business Plan Available
The 2014 Business Plan for Keweenaw National Historical Park (NHP) is available through the park’s website at www.nps.gov/kewe/parkmgmt
The purpose of the forty-page plan is to guide park operations for the next three to five years, to document how the park will strategically manage its fiscal and human resources to accomplish the mission. The business plan is ultimately a call to action for the park to be bold, creative, and effective in managing its resources and supporting its partners in the never-ending work of preservation and interpretation for present and future generations.
For more information, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at 337-3168 or check the web at www.nps.gov/kewe
DeVos Art Museum features North of the 45th Exhibition
Open June 6 to August 3, The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being “up north.” This exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year a different juror is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries.
This year’s juror, Kevin Buist, is an artist, writer, and exhibitions director for ArtPrize living in Grand Rapids. He has exhibited artwork in solo and group exhibitions in New York City and Grand Rapids, and has been featured in numerous print and online publications including the Art:21 blog, where he was a blogger-in-residence, as well as Walker Art Center, mnartists.org, Solace Magazine, Art Hack, and SpoutBlog.
Paladino’s Café celebrates Grand Opening
Paladino’s Café celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The café serves healthy dishes that consist of fresh, sustainable, locally grown ingredients. It is located on the bottom floor of the Peter White Public Library and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
K-SNAG offers spay/neuter assistance
Keweenaw Spay Neuter Assistance Group 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.
For more information, call 296-9144.
55th Annual NTA Convention to be held in Escanaba
The National Trappers Association has announced that Trapping Hall of Famer Johnny Thorpe will present at the upcoming convention. The 2014 NTA convention will be held at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, from July 24-27. Hours are Thursday through Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to noon. Admission is $10 for all four days; kids under 12 are free. For more information, call (248) 568-5804 or email email@example.com Also visit, www.convention.uptrappers.com or www.nationaltrappers.com
Blueberry Festival Poster Contest Winner Announced
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority has announced Kyle Wilkin as the winner of this year's Blueberry Festival Poster Contest. A resident of Westland located in lower Michigan, Wilkin is a high school senior who will be pursuing graphic design after graduation.
Wilkin's entry was selected by the community through both an online vote and ballot box at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, and the scores of a panel of judges consisting of downtown business owners and Marquette Downtown Development Authority staff.
The Blueberry Festival will be held on July 25 and will feature a combination of traditional sidewalk sales, artists and crafters, food vendors, family activities, and live musical acts set in the streets of Downtown Marquette. The popular Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show sponsored by the Lake Superior Youth Theatre will also return to complement the festivities. For more information, contact the DDA office at (906) 228-9475 or email Samantha Collins at Samantha@downtownmarquette.org
Anna Norman at The Movers is Noted Safety Professional
United Van Lines and The Movers at Escanaba Moving Systems, is pleased to announce that General Manager, Anna Norman has received the elite designation as Agency Safety Representative from United Van Lines Director of Safety & Fleet Registration, David Pile. In order to complete the course, Anna attended training at Unigroup Worldwide Headquarters in St Louis, Mo. and completed further education courses in current laws that regulate the transportation industry.
DDA Makes Pedestrian Safety a Focus for Summer
The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Marquette City Police Department and Marquette City Public Works are bringing awareness to pedestrian safety throughout the district. The initiative promotes education and enforcement of pedestrian right-of-ways throughout the streets of Marquette and encourages motorists to slow down and pay more attention to their surroundings.
For more information, visit www.downtownmarquette.org or call 228-9475.
Downtown Marquette business celebrates anniversary
Art of Framing is celebrating its twenty-eighth year in business this July. This custom picture frame shop was established in 1986 by Joy Rittenour and has gone through many changes through the years. The biggest being in 2002 when Stacie and Tom DuWaldt bought the business and this month marks their thirty-five years of combined experience in the framing industry.
When they took over the business they added a “One Day Custom Framing Service” for those who needed artwork framed in a rush. They now carry more than fifty different frame styles in stock as well as a wide range of fashionable matboard colors.
Along with framing just about everything under the sun, Art of Framing has enjoyed helping the surrounding community with donations and its Art for Animals fundraiser for UPAWS.
Another remarkable change for Art of Framing is last year it brought in the entire Superior View Historic Photo Collection, owned by Jack Deo. It has been a fantastic addition.
In the twelve years of their ownership they have enjoyed framing for the Upper Peninsula community and beyond. They look forward to many more years of framing and preserving your precious items. For more information, visit Art of Framing at 149 West Washington Street or call 228-7719.
LSAA announces new Art on the Rocks director
Lake Superior Art Association and Art on the Rocks is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Limberg as the new director of Art on the Rocks. Jason will take over the duties of producing the 2015 art show. Jason, a Wisconsin native, brings to LSAA a passion about art, nature and the Marquette area. Jason has worked with the 100 Day Project, as an instructor at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, and as the Best of Show award winner at Art on the Rocks 2013, as well as having received numerous art awards for his fabulous drawings and etchings. LSAA welcomes Jason as the new director and anxiously looks forward to his enthusiasm and art experience as he works to continue the LSAAs tradition of bringing a high quality art show to the people of the Upper Peninsula.
Calumet Theatre offers fourth annual Grand Raffle
The original ground breaker GRAND RAFFLE begins its fourth year on July 1. This year’s raffle offers the same grand prize of $20,000.00. Ticket price is $50.00, with five cash prizes totaling $34,000.00. Also featured is a sixth prize of two tickets to all 2015 Calumet Theatre stage events. This year’s raffle money will be used to pay for a new furnace that the Theatre had to replace in April and to match a grant it received from the KNHP Advisory Commission to replace the badly leaking stage roof.
This year’s drawing will take place on the Theatre’s stage at the Johnny Cash Tribute Concert on December 5, with “Johnny” pulling the winning tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the Theatre during summer Box Office hours: Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and two and a half hours before show time or by calling 337-2166.
MOWA awards MM photographer Tom Buchkoe with prize
The Michigan Outdoor Writers Association (MOWA) presented its annual craft awards for excellence in outdoor journalism at its summer conference held in June at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Gil Clark Award for Best Published Black and White photograph went to Marquette Monthly chief photographer Tom Buchkoe. He received 1st place in the category for his image of a black bear in the Algoma country area of Ontario. Buchkoe has won several awards in the past from MOWA.
Calumet Theatre to feature original play in August
An original play written for the Calumet Theatre in 1993 by Charles Solomon called No More Games was adapted by James B. Harris as Red Jacket 1913 – One Family’s Story; a moving drama about the lives of a family of four and challenges the family endured during the 1913 copper miners’ strike.
The play is in production at the Calumet Theatre with Patricia Helsel, MTU Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, as the director. The play will premiere on August 14 and 15, during Heritage Week in Calumet.
Local resident graduates with Ayurveda certification
Mary Connor, of Marquette, has been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old holistic and preventative health care system that looks to the principles of nature to help individuals better understand their unique health profiles. For more information, visit www.marquetteyogacenter.com.
Rev. John Lunn to visit Messiah Lutheran Church
Reverend John Lunn, International Coordinator for Lutheran Global Health Volunteers, will preach at Messiah Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 13. Services are at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with a Fellowship Coffee between services.
Following worship services, a lunch will be served and Reverend Lunn will present information about his ministry with time for questions and a discussion. All are welcome. Messiah Lutheran is located at 305 West Magnetic, Marquette. For more information, call 225-1119.
Cliffs/Eagle Mine Fund distributes grant funding
The Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund recently distributed grant funds to thirteen community organizations from the fund totaling more than one million dollars. This was the second round of grant distributions for the fund, which was created in 2012.
The fund remains open to receive additional grant applications. The next review cycle will be in the fall of 2014. The deadline for grant applications is September 30, 2014. Guidelines for fund grant applications are available at the Lake Superior Community Partnership website: www.marquette.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Cliffs-Eagle-Fund-Guidelines.pdf
MSU Extension to offer Food Preservation Workshops
MSU Extension will offer several food preservation workshops at the Marquette Food Co-op at 502 West Washington Street. Each workshop will feature a different subject. The focus each session will include: July 17, water bath canning and dehydration; August 14, pressure canning and dehydration of vegetables; and, September 25, pressure canning of fish and meats. Each workshop is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 475-5731.
Marquette City Police officers promoted
Two Marquette City Police officers with the Detective Bureau were promoted in June.
Detective Lieutenant Mike Wasie was promoted to the position of Detective Captain. Wasie joined MPD on September 10, 1990 as a Patrol Officer.
Detective Sergeant Mike Kohler was promoted to the position of Detective Lieutenant. Kohler began his career at MPD on September 21, 1992 as a Patrol Officer.
DNR News & Notes
The DNR is reviewing a land transaction application proposing the exchange of more than 1,700 acres of mineral rights in Chippewa and Mackinac counties by Graymont, Inc.
The public will have an opportunity to make comments at an upcoming Natural Resources Commission meeting. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/graymontproposal
Local authors corner
• Dan Fountain has released a new book Michigan Gold & Silver: Mining in the Upper Peninsula. It is published by Lake Superior Port Cities of Duluth, the publishers of Lake Superior Magazine. The book is an expansion of his previously published book Michigan Gold: Mining in the Upper Peninsula in 1992, which was critically acclaimed and won the first annual Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature in Regional History in 1997.
In the new book, Fountain has added the history of early explorations for silver as well as adding further stories and details on the gold mining era. An adaptation of the chapter on the Ropes Gold Mine from Michigan Gold & Silver: Mining in the Upper Peninsula was recently published as “A Golden Opportunity” in the March/April issue of Michigan History Magazine. The book is available in local bookstores.
• Tyler R. Tichelaar announces the publication of his newest novel, Arthur’s Legacy. This historical fantasy novel is the first in a five-book series titled The Children of Arthur. It begins with Adam Delaney, an American who never knew his father.
When he discovers his father is an English earl, Adam embarks on a journey to Britain to connect with his family there, little dreaming what he will discover about his family’s origins. Before the novel is over, Adam not only learns the true history of what happened at Camelot, but that he and his family are part of a mission to bring about the return of King Arthur.
Arthur’s Legacy is available in local and online bookstores, in paperback and ebook formats, and at www.ChildrenofArthur.com
• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced support for the Ironwood Fire Department to improve operations and safety. The $13,680.00 grant comes from the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
• The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants will help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. More information about the grant can be found at /www.fema.gov/welcome-assistance-firefighters-grant-program
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department. The funding comes through the USDA 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 to use in heavy snow conditions.
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for the City of Kingsford Police Department. The funding comes through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country. The $16,000.00 grant will be used buy a new police vehicle for the community.
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support for Bessemer and the Village of Laurium. The funding comes through the USDA Rural Development Grant program, which funds critical infrastructure within rural communities across the country.
The City of Bessemer will receive a $5,265,000.00 grant to upgrade its 100-year-old sewer system. The Village of Laurium will receive a $15,000.00 grant to purchase a new police vehicle.
• Local dance teacher Ashley Carlstrom is pleased to announce her partnership with Studio Dance Arts. She will be opening the new Marquette division of the school at 2684 U.S. Hwy 41 West in May. Studio Dance Arts Marquette is officially slated to open its doors with an Open House & Registration Day on May 28 and 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Recreational Dance Camp is scheduled for July 14-18, and a one day workshop with guest artists is being planned for July 18.
• Great Lakes Recovery Center celebrated its expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The newly renovated GLRC Tobin Center now houses its Ishpeming Outpatient Services Office as well as its Information Technology, Foundation, Billing, Human Resources, Accounting and Executive Offices. Its new location is 97 South Fourth Street in Ishpeming. GLRC is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing treatment and prevention services for substance abuse and mental health disorders in the Upper Peninsula.
• Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) has been awarded a $500 grant from the Ishpeming/Negaunee Rotary Club. This grant will be used to help fund expanded services for young people at GLRC’s newly renovated Adolescent Services Center in Negaunee. GLRC is the UP’s largest non-profit provider of substance abuse and mental health services. For more information, call 228-9696 or visit www.greatlakesrecovery.org
• Local financial services firm Edward Jones in the Marquette-area was named a 2014 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military by CivilianJobs.com, recognizing the firm's deep commitment to recruiting, training and retaining military veterans as financial advisors.
Edward Jones recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of its FORCES program, a training and compensation package designed to make the transition to a financial services career more attractive to military veterans. Since its launch, the firm has hired 931 military veterans as financial advisors.
• The Marquette Marathon & Half Marathon committee is proud to announce Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as the new title sponsor for the Marquette Half Marathon. As a major insurance company in the state of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a great fit for this race.
The Marquette Half Marathon sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan is one of several running events held over Labor Day weekend. The weekend kicks off Friday, August 29, with the race expo, Blackrocks 5k and kids’ races all held at the Marquette Commons. The full marathon sponsored again this year by Eagle Mine, as well as the half-marathon and marathon relay are on Saturday, August 30.
Registration fees increase on June 1. For more information and to register visit www.marquettemarathon.com
• Range Financial Corporation declares dividend Range Financial Corporation declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.20 per share payable on June 16, to the shareholders of record on June 1. Range Financial Corporation is the holding company of Range Bank. For more information, visit www.rangebank.com
Star Date: July 2014
Moon & Planets—Venus rises in the east-northeast about two hours before the sun. After the first week of July, Mercury climbs out of the bright morning twilight and becomes visible to the lower left of Venus. In the evening twilight sky, Jupiter is getting so low that it disappears from view early in July. Mars is low in the southwest, with Saturn a little higher in the south-southwest. Pale reddish Mars forms a colorful pair with the blue-white star Spica all month long. They are the closest together on the 13th. On July 5, the first quarter moon is very, very close to Mars. Two nights later, the waxing moon is near Saturn. A very thin crescent moon is to the right of Venus on the 24th. An extremely thin crescent is to the lower right of Mercury the next morning.
Constellations—Straight overhead around midnight is the ancient constellation of Hercules. At its core is a keystone shaped pattern of four moderate stars. It is located just south of the distinctive head of Draco the Dragon. The four stars of Dragon’s head are relatively easy to spot as they form a compact irregular trapezoid. The slaying of the dragon was one of the mythological labors of Hercules. To the west of the Keystone of Hercules in the constellation Boötes, is the bright yellow-orange star Arcturus. Situated between these two constellations is Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. The Crown consists of a semicircular arc of seven stars. Just east of the Keystone, in Lyra, is the very bright star Vega. Arcturus and Vega are the fourth and fifth brightest stars overall and the two brightest in the northern sky. Hercules is also well known for another reason. Located along one side of the Keystone is the famous globular cluster M13. This very dense and compact star cluster is visible in binoculars as a fuzzy star, and is a spectacular sight in a telescope.
Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society.
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