October 2014

City Notes
Edited by Senja Wahlman


Dear editor,
People have a way of taking things for granted; our health, the people we love, public radio.
We don’t pay attention, believing that things will take care of themselves naturally…until they don’t.
Stop and think a minute about your community and all the great things that make a difference in your quality of life, such as concert performances, parades, county and state fairs, sporting events, music, food, art festivals, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, junior hockey, little league baseball, homeless services, senior services, children’s services, parks and recreation services, community gardens and farmers markets, Public Radio 90. The list could go on and on.  
Now think about how much different life would be without all these things.  Not a pleasant thought.  What you may not realize is that none of this would happen without people just like you; people willing to make a difference in their community by giving their money and their time to make it a welcoming friendly place to live and raise a family.
WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 has been a part of the upper Great Lakes community since 1963 because of people like you who do more than listen, they donate money every year to help keep WNMU operating and provide the public radio services we all value.
Just like so many other things in our communities, we’re here for you because of you.  Your financial gifts keep us operating and allow us to serve you.
During October, Public Radio 90 needs to raise $90,000.00, to remain on course with programming and operational expenses, so every dollar you give really makes a difference.  With traditional state and federal funding sources shrinking, and with the competition for those shrinking dollars even greater than ever before, our ability to continue operating for the next fifty years will truly depend on listeners like you.
Your financial contributions shape our program schedule and make it possible for WNMU to broadcast exciting, in-depth discussions and information on issues we all care about.
Please take a minute to really appreciate the good things in your community, then get out your checkbook or credit card and give a generous donation to those you appreciate most. 
Or roll up your sleeves and volunteer your time to help out at the next community event.  There are some things that no amount of money in the world can accomplish without people working together to get it done. 
You’ll feel more a part of your community and your friends and neighbors will appreciate your volunteer efforts.  And, we’ll all get to continue enjoying this great quality of life we have here in our wonderful Upper Peninsula.
— Evelyn Massaro
Station Manager
WNMU/Public Radio 90

P.S. We’re heading to Chicago on October 22, to be a part of the live studio audience for the NPR Quiz Show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me on October 23, and we want you to join us.  Go to WNMUFM.ORG for more information or call 800-227-9668.

Dear editor,
I was at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in July 2014 sitting pretty close to the main stage, listening to Susan Werner play selections from her newest project "Hayseed.” She was an amazing musician, a funny raconteur and has a progressive spirit that really resonates with me. Her songs are poignant, touching and sometimes uproarious.
Part of the way into her Saturday set, Susan stopped playing and brought out a big bag of produce. She had gone shopping at the farmers market that morning and started bringing out bundles of produce. As she did, she mentioned the names of the farmers or vendors for each one and challenged the audience to identify each bundle. As they called out the names of the vegetables, she started tossing the bundles to the first audience member who got them right.
Since we were camping and already had our menu made up, Gary and I didn’t bother with calling out names of vegetables, and since we were sitting close to the stage, I didn't pay much attention to where the veggies were being thrown. Susan was doing a great job throwing them up like easy-to-catch fly balls.
She tossed out garlic scapes, radicchio, shallots and the like. She got to the end of the bag of vegetables and had some good-sized onions with the greens attached. She had so many onions, she asked a kid (I think from Seeds and Spores) to help toss the remainder into the audience. Instead of fly balls, this helper was winging onion fastballs into the audience. For the most part this was fine, until one clonked me in the eye, knocking my sunglasses off, and giving me a puffy eyelid.
Susan immediately apologized and begged my forgiveness. After her set she came right over to say she was so, so sorry again. I told her I’d honestly be ok with just a CD or something, but she insisted I let her do a house concert, maybe a benefit or something. I promised I’d be in touch through her website and that a concert would be ok with me.
After her set on Sunday, she sought me out again, and made me promise to get in touch with her.
After thinking about it for a while, I decided that I didn’t want the hassle of cleaning my house or trying to decide whom to invite to a concert at my house. Instead, I asked if the Women’s Center would like a benefit concert, and at my church I got the ok to hold the concert there.
So, Susan is coming up from Chicago in October to do a concert. The one thing I asked her to do is sing an onion-themed song.
— Anne Stark

Dear editor,   
I am writing to my fellow Americans in lieu of the upcoming elections. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I feel Democrat and Republican parties failed the people. Here are a few grievances: Both parties failed by not securing our borders, by not upholding our Constitutional laws, by failing to safeguard freedoms, by allowing continuation of secret government spying on American people, by allowing executive orders to bypass Congress, by using taxpayers money to fund campaigns, and throwing America into perpetual wars while simultaneously funding countries that wage war against us, etc.  They continue lip service that says much and does little. Yet when it comes to real issues that have critical impact on the foundation of our country, we see nothing but political theater, “wait till the next episode,” or until Congress is done with its recess.
There are threats of impeachment and no one follows through.  The southern border is wide open allowing who knows what to cross; i.e. Ebola, illegal aliens, ISIS, Mexican drug cartels, extremist terrorists? Our border is nothing more than a doormat, yet Americans are subjugated to DHS, and TSA grope downs. We punish border patrol officers for doing their duty and reward illegal aliens with taxpayer funded rides to a state near you, with no security checks, e.g. no papers, no I.D., no grope down, no health inspection. All I see is the erosion of God given rights, evisceration of our Bill of Rights, yet all I hear are crickets from both parties.
We have a sheer lack of action, conviction, integrity from the President and both parties. We have draconian laws that strip freedoms and elected officials exempting themselves. Nothing is being done, rather the continuation and even protraction of endless corruption. Benjamin Franklin once warned, “Those who give up their liberty for security deserve neither.”
America is broke, yet representatives voted themselves raises and went on vacation.  “We The People” scrape to make ends meet. What sacrifices have the parties made?  We need representatives who actually know our Constitution, who are not afraid to be unpopular to do what is right. If those who represent us don’t get the job done, give them the pink slip. We are faced with disturbing and troubling times that are answered by going out for another round of golf. I want the America I fought for back. Let’s end the corruption.
— Shane Hawkins

Susan Werner benefit concert for Women’s Center

Susam Werner, along with Jeff Krebs, will perform a benefit concert for the Marquette Women’s Center on Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will take place at the Marquette Universal Unitarian Meeting House, located at 1510 M28 East. There is a suggested donation of $10.00.
For more information, visit www.susanwerner.com or call 236-2540.

UP Smart Gardening Conference to be held

Start planning now for fresh fruit, berries, greens and vegetables in your gardens next year. The UP Smart Gardening Conference will be held Saturday, October 4, from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. For more information, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/UPsmartgardening or call 517-353-3175.

October is Family History Month

In celebration of October as Family History Month, the John M. Longyear Research Library will be hosting several information sessions, to help genealogists conduct research using the library’s resources. The sessions are, “On the Street Where Grandpa Lived” using city directories and gazetteers on October 8; “Reporting From The Past,” finding obituaries and other town news on October 22; and “More Than a Pretty Face,” using yearbooks and school records on October 29. All three sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. for an hour in the library, located on the second floor of the Marquette Regional History Center, 145 West Spring Street. Librarians Rosemary Michelin and Beth Gruber will answer questions about using the collection and share genealogy tips. The public is invited to attend free of charge. For more information, call 226-3571.

Free Community Program on PTSD

If you have been a victim or a witness to violence, experienced a traumatic accident or event, you may develop symptoms of post traumatic stress, commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder.  Symptoms include recurring memories or nightmares of the event, sleeplessness, sudden anger and irritability, avoiding situations that remind you of the event, and feeling numb and unable to express your feelings. Sometimes these symptoms don’t surface for months or years after the events, and they may come and go. To learn more about the impact of PTSD, the Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement, a local nonprofit organization serving the bereavement needs of the four county areas for more than eighteen years, is sponsoring a program on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at The Portage Lake District Library.  Attendance is free-of-charge and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Marianne at 483-1671.

AAUW and UPCC to host candidate forums

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition and the Marquette Branch of American Association of University Women are hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at PWPL to prepare voters for the November 4 election. Candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives, Michigan Senate and United States House of Representatives will be questioned on issues that affect children and families in the Upper Peninsula.
The forum will be taped by Charter Communication and aired in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. and Monday, November 3  at 1:00 p.m.; in Escanaba on Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m.; and in Marquette on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m.,Tuesday October 28 at 6:00 p.m and Monday November 3 at 5:00 p.m. For additional information and to register to participate, email krapport@chartermi.net

SWUP hike through the McCormick Tract

Save the Wild U.P. is offering another free afternoon hike through the McCormick Tract Wilderness led by SWUP president, Kathleen Heideman on Saturday, October 11. Located on the West Branch of the Yellow Dog River, the North Falls are an undiscovered treasure of Northern Marquette County. We’ll see the colors of the forest transitioning to reds and golds all while observing the grand, gentle slope of the North Falls. This is a family-friendly event. Snacks, water and cameras suggested.
Meet at the Big Bay Outfitters on Bensinger Street at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, to carpool to the McCormick Tract Wilderness for the hike. RSVP is requested to coordinate transportation by calling 662-9987 or emailing rsvp@savethewildup.org

The Thirteen Chamber Choir to Perform

The Marquette Choral Society and the NMU Music Department will feature The Thirteen, the professional, New York based choral ensemble on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Reynolds Recital Hall on the campus of NMU. Admission to the concert is free.
The Thirteen is comprised of thirteen musicians from around the country specializing in early music. Now in its third season, The Thirteen has garnered a reputation of excellence among top American professional choirs. The choir maintains a busy schedule of home concerts, master classes at universities and tours throughout the nation. The Thirteen’s newest CD Radiant Dark was released in fall 2014, to critical acclaim. It features the works of Robert White, John Sheppard and more. For more information, visit www.thethirteenchamberchoir.org or contact Catherine Stahl at info@thethirteenchamberchoir.com
For more information about The Marquette Choral Society, email Beth Gruber at bag12@albion.edu

MML convention to be held at NMU

The Michigan Municipal League’s annual Convention is taking place at Northern Michigan University from October 15 through 17. More than 400 municipal officials from all parts of our state will be in Marquette for the convention. For more information, visit http://blogs.mml.org/wp/events/, email mbach@mml.org or call 734-669-6317.

LSYT to perform The Music Man Jr.
Join the new Lake Superior Youth Theatre in their family friendly production The Music Man Jr. at Kaufman Auditorium on October 17 and 18. Seating is reserved and no refunds or exchanges will be accepted. Tickets are $14.00 per adult or senior and $8.00 per child or student in advance and can be purchased at all NMU EZ-Ticket outlets at www.nmu.edu/tickets or 227-1032. Tickets are $3.00 more at the door.
For more information, call 362-6453, visit www.lsyt.org find it on Facebook at Lake Superior Youth Theatre or contact vial email at                                    lakesuperioryouththeatre@gmail.com

Ladies Night in Marquette scheduled

The eighteenth annual Ladies Night is set for Thursday, November 13, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Downtown Marquette. Ladies Night provides women with the perfect opportunity to spend an evening out on the town shopping and dining with their friends.
Businesses located within the downtown district are encouraged to offer specials, entertainment, refreshments, prize drawings and other enticing activities as part of the annual Ladies Night event.

Rocky Horror on Stage at The Vista Theater
Looking for something strange, fun and exciting for Halloween?  Get dressed up and head to Negaunee and experience the live stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Vista Theater sponsored by the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council.
The show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
Audience participation is encouraged. Audience members are encouraged to dress up, do call backs, dance the time warp, and throw items such as rice, playing cards, toast, toilet paper and hotdogs.  But please no real lighters or water.   The show does have adult language and sexual content.
Performance dates are October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31.  There will be additional midnight performances on October 25 and 31.  Cost is $12.00 for 7:00 p.m. shows and $15.00 for the midnight performances. For more information visit www.vistatheater.org or call 475-7188.

UPAWS Celebrates Adopt-A-Dog Month for October

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter invites the public to celebrate the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month. UPAWS will have adoption specials for dogs in October.
It is a great place to find dogs of all shapes, sizes and personalities. The staff can help assist in finding the perfect canine partner and family member. These dogs eagerly await a loving home, and in addition to their unconditional love, dogs also like having a role in the family.
UPAWS invites visitors 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 UPAWS' website at www.upaws.org or call 475-6661.
UPAWS is an open admission shelter. It is a "no kill" shelter that turns no animal away and charges no fee to take in an animal. UPAWS thanks its donors very much for their support.

UPAWS annual Phone-a-thon to take place in October

UPAWS fifteenth annual “Calls for Critters” Phone-a-thon will take place October 1 through 28. The goal this year is $23,500.00. Volunteers will be calling supporters between 3:00 p.m and 8:30 p.m. For more information or to pledge, call 475-6661.

Fall colors in the U.P.
The fall colors are arriving. To check out trip planning in the U.P., visit www.uptravel.com, and in the Marquette area, visit www.travelmarquettemichigan.com. For local information, call Rebecca Krans, Michigan State University Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, at 875-0606 or kransr@anr.msu.edu

Tom Baker to serve at Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Tom Baker, a twenty-four-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been named superintendent of Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming.
Baker has served as a management assistant at Keweenaw National Historical Park since 2003. Baker began working at KNHP in 2000, serving as the park’s archivist and interpretative specialist. In 2003, Baker was selected as the park’s management assistant and was involved in all aspects of park operations. One of his primary focuses was establishing partnerships and working with numerous organizations throughout the Keweenaw region. As the park’s primary partnership liaison, Baker was instrumental in developing and implementing the formal Keweenaw Heritage Site partnership program, which has twenty-one organizations that preserve and interpret twenty-eight historic sites throughout the 800,000-acre region of Upper Michigan’s Copper Country. Baker also developed and managed the park’s annual preservation program, in partnership with Keweenaw’s permanent citizen-based advisory commission. He has been an active member of numerous professionally recognized committees and other private organizations during his tenure.
Baker is a Michigan native. His wife Kathy also is an NPS employee, currently serving as the budget analyst for Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park in Michigan.

MSHS to perform Annie Get Your Gun
Marquette Senior High School fine arts department proudly presents Annie Get Your Gun from November 6 through 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are available at all NMU EZ-Ticket outlets, the Superior Dome and Forest Roberts Theatre. To order, visit www.nmu.edu/tickets or call 227-1032.

Ishpeming Ladies Night 2014

The Ishpeming Business Association will be holding the annual Ladies Night Out on Tuesday, November 18, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be many giveaways and raffles to enjoy. The Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce also has its Shop Local Campaign, providing two ways to win.
There will be a bazaar at Rollies Furniture featuring artists, crafters and vendors. Low cost or free space is available. For more information, call 486-8621. Only one vendor will be allowed with any given product. All crafters and artists are welcome.
For more information, visit the Ishpeming Business Association on Facebook, go to gincc.org or call 486-8680. 

Bell Auxiliary craft and bake sale to be held November 8

The Bell Auxiliary holiday craft and bake sale and soup luncheon will be held on November 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 1891 Prairie, Ishpeming. Admission is free. The soup luncheon is $5.00 per person.

Calumet Theatre to hold raffle drawing

The Calumet Theatre will hold its annual Grand Raffle Drawing on Friday, December 5, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., during the Johnny Cash Tribute performance. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Tickets are available by calling 337-2610, visiting www.calumettheatre.com or purchased at area businesses.

Baraga County to implement new informational signs

For more than thirty years, the Baraga County Convention and Visitors Bureau has been posting informational signs across the county. The signs have been donated, some purchased, and most placed by volunteers, but the signs lack consistency in appearance. The BCCVB is seeking to implement more consistent signage across the county.
More than 250 points of interest have been mapped out, including waterfalls, beaches, boat landings, campgrounds, playgrounds, picnic areas, trails and other points of interest. Funds are being sought to implement the informational signage fully. The estimated cost of the project is $20,000.00 for about 300 signs.
The BCCVB will accept donations through the mail, in person, over the phone, or online at www.baragacounty infosigns.org

Quincy Smelting Works acquired

The Keweenaw National Historical Park advisory commission announced its acquisition of the historic Quincy Smelting Works. The advisory commission finalized the purchase from Franklin Township on August 29.
The advisory commission thanks Franklin Township for its stewardship of the smelter property over the last fifteen years, and the Quincy Smelter Association for its continued efforts to share the story of the smelter with the public. The commission thanks the Americana Foundation and the many corporate and individual donors who helped make this purchase possible.
For more information, call at 483-3040 or scott_see@partner.nps.gov

DLP and City of Marquette Sign Agreement for MGH site

Duke LifePoint Healthcare has reached an agreement with the City of Marquette to build a new hospital campus for Marquette General Hospital at what is known as the “Roundhouse/MSC site.”
The Marquette city commission voted to accept a memorandum of understanding related to an offer by Duke LifePoint to purchase the thirty-seven-acre property in South Marquette.  The parties will now move forward to negotiate the final terms of a contract for approval by the city commission, a process that is expected to be completed in the near future. 
The thirty-seven-acre Roundhouse/ MSC property is located near the US-41 corridor and Baraga Avenue in South Marquette. It is south of Washington Street, west of Seventh Avenue and north of US-41.
Duke LifePoint will pay four million dollars for the property, constructing a 279-bed hospital structure and 80,000-square-foot physician office building.  The project cost is estimated at more than $280 million.  The City of Marquette will work to have the Roundhouse/MSC property designated a Brownfield Project, which would provide incentives for its revitalization. Additionally, the City has agreed to make changes to the roadways surrounding the property. It also will lead upgrades to the utility infrastructure surrounding the site. 
Health care design firm Gresham, Smith and Partners was chosen in early spring as the architect of the new Marquette General facility. Schematics for the new Marquette General campus are underway, and design will begin late fall.  A groundbreaking is planned for spring 2015, and construction on the campus is expected to be complete in late 2017.
MGH will continue to occupy its current College Avenue location until the new hospital is constructed and operational.  During that time, MGH will work closely with the city officials and the community to explore how its present campus can be best utilized in the long-term future.

Jamrich Biography completed 

A new biography titled John X. Jamrich: The Man and the University was presented to the ninety-four-year-old president emeritus at the official dedication of Jamrich Hall. The well-timed gift was written by university historian Russ Magnaghi, with electronic publishing assistance from student James Shefnik. Jamrich was the eighth president of NMU, serving from 1968 until he retired in 1983. His tenure was marked by tremendous growth in enrollment, academic programs and community outreach.
The physical campus grew as well, with construction of the Learning Resources Center, Jacobetti Skills Center, PEIF and Cohodas Hall. It was also a time of new university-business partnerships, the start of women’s athletics, student protests, union organization and—near the end of his term—financial hardship due to state budget cuts.
The book explores Jamrich’s personal background as well. He was born in Muskegon Heights, but spent several years on a farm in his parents’ native Slovakia. Magnaghi said Jamrich is fluent in multiple languages, from Slovak and Bohemian to German. He also learned Russian while working with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Alaska. Jamrich was a liaison weather officer, translating forecasts to the Soviet squadron during World War II.
The book is available on Lulu.com
The full story can be found at: www.nmu.edu/communicationsandmarketing/node/?articleID=172722

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.

ECA Photo Contest Winners Announced

Amateur photographers of all ages from throughout the state submitted photos to the Sixth Annual Photography Contest sponsored by Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis.  The summer-long contest culminates during Art on the Lake Art and Music Festival when the People’s Choice Award is selected by popular vote by those attending the festival.  In addition, volunteer judges selected first, second and third place winners.
Greg Warchol of Marquette was the first place winner with his stunning Presque Isle fall leaves photo.  Second place was awarded to Julie Hinkson of Manistique for her cedar waxwing photo.  Bill Savage of Munising took third place with his Laughing Whitefish Falls shot.  The People’s Choice Award went to Hinkson for her cedar waxwing shot. The first place cash prize was $100.00, second place was $75.00, third place was $50.00 and the People’s Choice was $75.00. 
More than forty photos were submitted from photographers near and far.  The winning photos will be displayed in the Erickson Center’s Waterfront Gallery and Gifts for the next year.  Photo submissions not selected can be picked up at the center during office hours.
It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s contest.  Contest rules only vary slightly from year to year.  Photos must be a current photo taken within the last twelve months in the Upper Peninsula.  Capture that perfect shot and submit it next summer to the seventh annual photo contest at the Erickson Center for the Arts.

Local Author’s Corner

Bill Van Kosky has published a new nonfiction book titled Reminiscences of a Hoaxer.
This humorous book is written by a devious fellow who used his knowledge of human nature to hoodwink people just for the fun of it. Victims lost no money, but encounters with the hoaxer left them with bruised egos and feelings of extreme embarrassment. The hoaxer’s payoff came in the form of laughter.
Readers will share in the fun as they accompany a master hoaxer through years of outrageous and hilarious schemes that induced people to believe things that weren’t so. If you consider yourself too perceptive and worldly-wise to fall prey to a hoaxer, beware!
Serious hoaxers find little satisfaction in fooling dumb bunnies or yokels. This would be too much like shooting fish in a barrel. As demonstrated repeatedly throughout this book, hoaxers get their kicks by bamboozling intelligent, rational, wary individuals.
Reminiscences of a Hoaxer is available through local and online bookstores.

Political Briefs:
• Sen. Carl Levin applauded the announced boundary expansion of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles, which will double the number of historically significant shipwrecks that are preserved and protected in the sanctuary.  Levin had urged the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to expand and he had introduced Congressional legislation to do so the past three years.
Forty-seven additional known historic shipwrecks will fall within the boundaries, and there are approximately 100 yet-to-be-discovered shipwrecks that may fall within the area. The sanctuary also has provided significant economic benefits to the region, hosting more than 60,000 visitors annually.
• U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced support for the Marquette Fire Department to improve operations and safety.  This $50,624.00 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
 • Senator Carl Levin introduced a Senate resolution urging the administration to oppose a Canadian proposal to build a permanent nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. 
• Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin announced support for the Stephenson Volunteer Fire Department to improve operations and safety. This $104,937.00 grant comes through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
• The Village of L’Anse will receive a federal grant of $1,281,910.00 from the Economic Development Administration, Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced. L’Anse will use the funds to support the development of the new US-41 L’Anse Industrial Park.
The EDA investment will help pay for the construction of roads and utility infrastructure. Once completed, the industrial park will provide space for the growth of manufacturing in L’Anse and Baraga County. It is anticipated that eighty-four jobs will be created and $4 million in private investment will follow. The total cost of the project is $1,831,300.00.

DNR News & Notes:
• More than thirty Michigan state parks and recreation areas are preparing for fall harvest festivals. These events feature fall-themed, family-oriented activities such as pumpkin carving, costume contests, trick-or-treating and much more. On October 4, Fayette Historic State Park will feature hayrides, Halloween-style fun, campsite decorating and kids’ activities.  October 4 and 5 at Brimley State Park a haunted house and other seasonal activities will be featured. Most harvest festivals are free and open to the public, but a Recreation Passport is required and camping fees apply. For reservations, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call (800) 447-2757.
For information, visit www.michi gan.gov/gogetoutdoors, and select “Harvests and Haunts."
• The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that it had been awarded a grant of $52,500.00 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for work on white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by an invasive fungus that only afflicts bats. The DNR is among thirty state natural resource agencies awarded a total of $1,276,088.00 in grants for projects to research, monitor bat populations for, and detect and respond to WNS.
More information about WNS is available at www.michigan.gov/wns or www.whitenosesyndrome.org
• The DNR announced a naming contest for a new trail across Michigan, which stretches from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the U.P. Name suggestions will be accepted through October 13. Ideas can be submitted online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/namethetrail, or www.facebook.com/midnr or mailing an entry form found at www.michigan.gov/dnrtrails
• The DNR will host an open house on October 23, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Marquette Township Hall at 1000 Commerce Drive, to provide information and receive public comment on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Gwinn management unit, which includes the west section of Alger County and all of Marquette County.
Maps and information regarding proposed treatments will be available at the open house or can also be found at www.michigan.gov/forestry
The DNR will complete its formal compartment review to decide on final treatment plans for these areas, which will take place on Friday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. at PWPL.
For more information about the state forest planning process, visit www.michigan.gov/forestplan

News Briefs:
 • Marquette Board of Light and Power celebrated 125 years of Public Power with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The MBLP staff hosted a picnic and tours of the steam plant and hydro plant to celebrate. Visit www.mblp.org
• Allison Cherrette, owner of Bird on a Perch, and her sister Angie Cherrette, owner of Sage and Spry, are celebrating the opening of their new business ventures in Downtown Marquette located at 307 South Front Street, Suite 205.                                                                                                                                        
• River Valley Bank celebrated its $750,000.00 renovation at its 1101 North Third Street location with a groundbreaking ceremony. Construction began September 2, and is scheduled to run through mid-November.  During this time the branch will be closed and all customers will be welcomed at the bank’s 1140 West Washington location.
• Congress Pizza is celebrating its newly constructed patio. This family friendly restaurant began making pizzas in the 1950s and has kept its traditional pizza recipe over the years. Famous for its homemade thin crust pizza and sports memorabilia covering the walls, the Congress has been a treasure in downtown Ishpeming for all to visit. It is open from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sunday throughThursday, and 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The Congress is located at 106 Main Street in Ishpeming.
• Carpet One Floor and Home is celebrating its new location at 2322 US41 West, Marquette. The store boasts several exclusive brands with a wide array of floor coverings including carpet, tile, vinyl, hardwood, laminate and area rugs. For more information, visit carpetspecialists.com or call 273-2248.
• Lakestate Industries is celebrating its new location at 1500 State Highway M28, Marquette. Dedicated to helping people recognize and maximize their abilities, overcome barriers, and support them in reaching their highest level of employment and community inclusion. Its vision statement is: Every person has the opportunity to be employed and work to full potential. Visit lakestateindustries.org or call 273-2131.
• Marquette's micro-brewery scene is continuing to flourish. The Chocolay River Brewery, located inside The Bayou Restaurant & Bar at 200 West Main Street in Harvey, celebrated its debut with a ribbon cutting .
• The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has recognized Bob Anderson, of Elder Law Firm of Anderson Associates, P.C.
Anderson joined NAELA in 1993.  He is active in the Marquette Kiwanis, serving on the local County Commission on Aging and Board of the U.P. Land Conservancy.
• 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 August 8 through 10, 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, SHF will seek a golf partner with a health-centered mission for its 2015 outing. To learn more about the SHF, visit www.superiorhealthfoundation.org
• Silver Creek Church in Harvey will celebrate the grand opening of Silver Creek Thrift on Wednesday, October 1. The shop will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Items for sale include adult and children’s clothing, accessories, furniture, household items, books, games, outdoor equipment, and more.
Silver Creek Thrift will operate as an outreach ministry that will provide quality used items at pocket-friendly prices.
Information regarding donations and volunteer opportunities can be found by visiting www.silvercreekthrift.org, or by calling 249-1715.
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Star Date: October 2014

MOON & PLANETS —
Venus rises just a half-hour before the sun as October opens and becomes lost in the sun’s glare before mid-month. Late in the month, Mercury becomes visible climbing out of the sun’s glare. By month’s end, it will be much brighter and easier to spot. Jupiter is now rising several hours before the sun and is high in the east at first light. In the evening twilight, Saturn gets lower and lower and disappears from view by late October. Mars is moving eastward away from Antares and remains low in the south-southwestern twilight sky.

SPECIAL EVENTS —
There will be a total lunar eclipse and a partial solar eclipse this month. Both eclipses can only be seen in their totality from the western U.S.; however, from the U.P. we get to see a good portion of the action. On the morning of the 8th, the moon enters the earth’s shadow at 5:15 a.m. and is totally eclipsed at 6:25 a.m. This is the best time to view the eclipse as it occurs in a dark sky. Totality lasts an hour but the sky will be getting brighter as sunrise approaches. Totality ends at 7:24 a.m. with the moon low in the west. While still in partial eclipse and with the sun rising in the east, the moon sets just after 8 a.m. In the late afternoon of the 23rd, the sun will be partially eclipsed by the moon starting at 5:28 p.m. From the U.P., we will see over 60% of the sun’s face hidden at maximum eclipse. However, this maximum coverage occurs just 15 minutes before sunset. It should be a stunning sight that evening as the sun sets around 6:50 p.m. while over 50% eclipsed. Be sure to use caution when viewing the sun with or without optical aid, even at sunset. The Marquette Astronomical Society is planning on holding a public viewing of the eclipse. Members will be setting up telescopes with solar filters at the scenic outlook six miles east of Harvey on M-28.
— Craig Linde

Courtesy of the Marquette Astronomical Society
For information about the club and the date of the next meeting, go to
nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-view.cfm?Club_ID=672                
A free monthly chart is available at http://www.skymaps.com

 

 

 


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