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Alisha Ann Photography Couple’s friendly competition leads to business idea PAGE 2G

Munising City Hall Moving offices to new location PAGE 2G

Lions Field Lowe’s pitches in to help ball field reconstruction project

By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Last fall, the Marquette Township Board thanked workers from Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse for their contributions of time, money and workers to a recent project to revitalize Lions Field. “They did a tremendous job and without them it would have been next to impossible to accomplish what we did in one day,” said township Manager Randy Girard. Each year, the 1,700 Lowe’s outlets donate roughly $1,500 per store to a “Heroes Project” in the local communities surrounding the stores.

Yooper Shirts Ishpeming move was a great success PAGE 4G

Fox Negaunee Gets Chrysler dealership with new facility PAGE 5G

CrossFit 906 Thinking inside of the ‘box’ PAGE 6G

Snyder drug Ishpeming store gets remodeled


West Towne Center Building coming to life


Shopko Ishpeming store opens in place of Pamida store


“This is our project this year,” said Jenny Nelson, a commercial sales staff member with the Marquette Lowe’s. Lowe’s, and vendors it arranged help from, donated paint, stone, gravel and other items in addition to about 15 volunteers. On June 12, the workers from Lowe’s joined township residents, board members and other personnel to undertake a range of projects including rehabilitating a retaining wall between the pavilion and tennis court, painting the pavilion, refinishing picnic tables, rehabilitating the ball field and spreading wood chips for the Kiddie Park. “It’s a major, major improvement,” said

Mike Springer of the township recreation committee. Many of the Lowe’s work crew attended a meeting of the township board and were thanked by officials. “We couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work,” said township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta. “It’s awesome that we have an opportunity to recognize them.” A photograph of the Lowe’s crew at Lions Field was taken to be put on display at the ballfield. John Pepin can be reached at 906-2282500, ext. 206. His email address is

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Couple’s friendly competition leads to business idea

Former bank building to serve as new offices for city hall By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer MUNISING — The Munising City Commission recently approved purchase of a former bank in downtown Munising as the new location for the offices of city hall. A former Peoples State Bank and North County Bank branch, the building where city hall will be located is known locally as “the log bank,” because of its construction materials. The 2,976 squarefoot facility was built in 1989 and is located at the corner of Superior and Birch streets in downtown Munising. The location is situated roughly three blocks southeast of city hall, a

structure that has been sold to Pictured Rocks Cruises, located at the corner of Elm Avenue and M-28, a block south of the Lake Superior shoreline. City officials said the cruises company paid $323,545 for the city hall building. The city paid $282,500 for the bank building. The city plans to refurbish the interior of the bank building for city offices. There are three entry doors to the building with a paved parking lot, drive-through window and handicapped-accessible rest rooms. The structure also includes a utility room, four offices, kitchenette and full basement. City officials have decid-

ed to add an addition to the building for the city manager’s office. Earlier this month, bid packages were being sent out for the renovation work. City officials hope to have the new offices ready to occupy by late spring or early summer. The City of Munising recently built a combined fire hall and police department, located a few blocks east of the log bank. The police department offices were previously located within city hall.

John Pepin can be reached at 906 2282500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is

The Munising City Commission recently purchased the former bank building in downtown Munising, pictured above, to be the new location for the offices of city hall. (Journal file photo)

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By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — Alisha and Brian Young’s current business started out as a friendly competition between the Ishpeming Township couple. During a day trip to Mackinaw City, they decided to go out to eat, but had to wait to be seated. Instead of just staying inside the restaurant, they headed back outdoors to wait, point and shoot camera in hand. “It was who could take the better picture,” Brian Young said. “Always trying to outdo each other.” The picture wars, as they call it, lead to better camera equipment, better photos and now Alisha Ann Photography, the couple’s studio in Ishpeming. Originally opened in the downtown area in October 2010, the studio moved to the Country Village in September of 2011 and is currently prepping for its first full season of weddings and senior portraits. With an emphasis on new, fresh ideas, Alisha Ann Photography can provide photo services ranging from baby pictures to weddings to

family portraits to senior portraits for high school students, as well as head shots for local businesses. Both of the Youngs serve as photographers for the studio, however Brian Young often takes more of the shooting duties while Alisha Young handles much of the editing. “We’re pretty easy-going,” Alisha Young said. That easygoing attitude includes stepping outside the studio, allowing customers to choose other locations for their shots. “It becomes their picture,” Brian Young said, particularly of high school senior portraits. “They have a certain place they like... It’s not just the same cookiecutter backdrop.” “It makes it them,” Alisha Young added. The studio works to not schedule more than one senior portrait session per evening, giving the students as much time as needed to get the perfect shots. That flexibility, combined with straightforward pricing, is something the Youngs hope will carry them forward into the future. “I hope we’re the place people want to go,” Al-

isha Young said. Brian Young agreed. “People want to keep everything in the local area,” he said. For more information about the business, go to or search for the studio on Facebook. Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is

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How can I become involved with Marquette County Habitat for Humanity? There are many different ways that you can volunteer with Marquette County HFH. We welcome individuals as well as groups to help on the construction site. You can provide lunches for volunteers, serve on the board of directors or on a committee, attend a special event fundraiser, donate building materials or cash or donate or purchase items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

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We are your Fox Marquette The staff at Fox Marquette would like to say “Thank You” to our loyal customers and the people of the area. We are proud to have so many of our friends and neighbors give us the honor of putting your families in vehicles for years. The biggest compliment we can every get is when a customer comes in to buy cars for their family or refer a friend to us. We look forward to maintaining and building relationships with all of our community members.

Thank you, Randy Norton, General Manager, 35 years

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Jason Hendrickson 18 years exp.

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A great move for Yooper Shirts

Top left, the Yooper Shirts building in Ishpeming is pictured. Top Right, store manager Tony Pelletier stands at the counter of Yooper Shirts. Bottom right and left, T-shirts and hoodies available at Yooper Shirts are displayed. (Journal photos by Renee Prusi)

By RENEE PRUSI Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — It turned out to be a great move for Yooper Shirts. This past October, young entrepreneur Jeremy Symons took his already successful business and moved into a space with the thenopening Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce building. “The move has definitely helped and we continue to have consistent traffic coming through the doors,” Symons said. So much so that Symons has launched another entity called MI Apparel. “I've been a huge NMU Hockey, Detroit Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings fan since I was a kid. Growing up playing these sports, I was always drawing and creating my own characters and designing uniforms and shirts,” Symons said. “After starting Yooper Shirts in 2009 and seeing the success I was having with that, it only made me want to create more inspiring designs in tribute to Michigan and our great sports teams.” Symons said the recently released Spring 2012 Collection is just the beginning of MI Apparel. “We currently have four designs that (were) released in mid-March.

They are ‘Mi Heart,’ ‘Diamonds Are Forever,’ ‘Dbl D Heart’ and ‘Tiger Style.’ We will be screen printing on American Apparel because they are the softest, smoothest, best-looking unisex Tshirt available anywhere and they are made in America. “We will also have some baseball style shirts and zip-up hoodies along with a lot of plans for the near future.” Yooper Shirts is open in its site inside the chamber building along U.S. 41 in west Ishpeming from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Online, it’s “We have now shipped to all 50 states plus overseas,” Symons said. “We've received orders from the United Kingdom, Switzerland...” For more information v i s i t and Things have been booming so much that Symons may be moving his shop again as he has recently purchased his own screen printing equipment. “A large part of our business is custom designs and screen printing for groups, individuals, clubs, sports teams and businesses. We will design anything our clients need or they can supply their own art-


work,” he said. “We're capable of handling large or small volume apparel orders. We also offer full-service graphic design services. We specialize in logo de-

signs, business cards, banners, advertising, menus, posters/flyers and much more. “Yooper Shirts continues to grow and we look forward to offering wom-

en cut shirts in April/May along with a lot of new designs inspired by the beauty of the U.P.,” Symons added. The shop can be reached via phone at

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Fox Negaunee gets Chrysler dealership

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau NEGAUNEE — In 2011, GMC, Buick and Chevrolet dealership Fox Negaunee was named as a new Chrysler dealer for the area. “It’s been a long process and we’re really excited to get it,” said Bob Hanson, Fox general manager. In July of 2011, the GMC/Buick Chevrolet dealership moved to a new facility, which began construction in 2010. “Our success here

comes from the staff we have,” said Fox Motors President and Chief Executive Officer Dan DeVos. “The community has been very responsive. “It’s all about the people. The building is nice... The real difference is the people who are inside of it.” The new 20,000-squarefoot building was a nearly $3 million project provides a big boost for the city of Negaunee. “This is a fantastic addition to our business district,” said Negaunee Mayor Michael Haynes, who

was on hand with other members of the Negaunee City Council for the ribbon cutting. “It’s adding to the employment in the area, it’s a growing a second dealership.” After an extensive renovation, the former dealership building now houses the new Chrysler dealership. That second dealership, announced in April, sells and service Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. Since arriving at Fox Negaunee in 2006, Hanson said he has seen the busi-

ness grow from selling 500 vehicles each year to selling 949 last year. “I’m so excited. I never thought this would happen,” he said of the new building and new dealership. That success has a lot to do with the support of the surrounding community, DeVos said. “It’s great to see such support,” he said. The two dealerships maintain separate showrooms and separate service departments, Hanson said.

Initially, when it became clear that Fox Negaunee was outgrowing its current building, Hanson said plans were made to begin construction on the newer building, and use the current building as the dealership’s body shop. When Chrysler began looking for locations to open a dealership in the U.P., Hanson said Fox Negaunee decided to apply. The addition of the second dealership means the hiring of additional personnel, six to be hired next week with addtional em-

ployees to be added in the coming months, Hanson said. “We’re just excited for the area,” he said. “I think this will help the whole west end.” Besides the additional jobs, Hanson said the presence of two successful car dealerships would be attractive to other businesses considering moving into the area.

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Above left, the ribbon cutting for the Fox Negaunee facility. Above right, the newly remodeled Fox Negaunee building is shown. (Journal file photos)

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Peninsula Bank, we consider ourselves a community bank,” he said. That role involves maintaining personal connections with customers and supporting community events, organizations and projects. “Those things we feel are important to the community,” Stream said. While the bank maintains its long history, Stream said it is equally important to look to the future. “We like our history but at the same time we need to be aware of what needs to be done in the future,” he said. This year, Stream said the bank is planning to update its logo, as well as redesigning its website,, making it more user-friendly. In addition, the bank is also evaluating the possibility of a new branch somewhere in the area, although Stream said he was not able to release where that location is. Throughout 2012, Peninsula Bank will be holding events to celebrate its 125th anniversary, including a dinner dance set for October. “There’s a lot of things to look forward to,” Stream said.

Above, Peninsula Bank of Ishpeming, which this year is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing banking services to the community. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)


ly competition for prizes as they work to improve their fitness. This summer, the box will sponsor a Running for a Reason 5K race and is looking to organize a local CrossFit Games competition, sort of the Olympics of the CrossFit world. “We like to be a big part of the community,” Korpi said. With both Korpis working full time jobs outside of the gym, Korpi said a large part of the CrossFit 906 success was due to their families and the Lake Superior Community Partnership, which has helped to develop business skills. “I had no idea how to run a business,” Korpi said. “I love fitness. I love CrossFit.” A teacher at the NICE Community Schools during the day, Korpi said learning how to run a business has become a big part of her life. “We just continue to grow even more than I ever imagined,” she said. “It’s so awesome to see people want to get fit.” For more information, visit or search for CrossFit 906 on Facebook.

members, plus between 15 and 30 kids who attend summer and winter kids’ classes. All members begin training at CrossFit by attending a six-week On Ramp class, which teaches the basics of the CrossFit system. Once they complete the class, members come to the gym several times per week to complete the W.O.D — workout of the day. The W.O.D. changes every day, and usually takes around 20 minutes to complete, Korpi said. Functional movements are performed at a high intensity, so members get a full workout in in a short amount of time. “I think one thing people really like is that it’s very good for the busy lifestyle,” Korpi said. “You can come an and out and within a half hour be done.” Thanks to the “baseline” established during the on ramp class and regular measurements that can be taken at the gym, members can easily track their progress as they become more fit. To help motivate its athletes, CrossFit 906 regular holds challenges and competitions, such as the Look Better Naked Challenge, which allows members to have some friend-

ing, which was originally leased and then purchased, was only 25 feet wide, but renovations in 1910, 1921 and 1948, in particular, expanded the building. In 1987, another renovation incorporated an adjacent building to the south on Main Street into the bank building, allowing the bank to expand further. Although Peninsula Bank was not the first banking institution to open in Ishpeming, it does hold the second oldest state banking license in the state of Michigan, and has become one of Ishpeming’s longest-enduring institutions. “I think we’re proud of our strength and stability,” Stream said, adding that consistency is “something we take pride in. They know we’ve always been there when they needed us.” Over its 125 years, Peninsula Bank has weathered everything from the Great Depression of the 1930s to more recent fluctuations with the mining industry. “The mining industry has been good to us, but the industry itself has had its ups and downs,” Stream said. By remaining closely connected to and involved with the community, however, Stream said the bank has been able to remain strong. “I think a bank like

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By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — The nation-wide CrossFit company has its own vocabulary to go along with its unique take on fitness, as members of the CrossFit 906 affiliate are finding out. After originally opening at a small facility on Hematite Drive in November of 2010, CrossFit 906 had to move its “box” or gym to a larger building at 144 Greenwood St. in April 2011 after members or “athletes” came flocking to its door. “We continue to grow,” said Jill Korpi, who owns the affiliate with her husband, Shay. The CrossFit box is different from what you might think of as a typical gym – you won’t find treadmills or weight machines. But you will find barbells, kettlebell weights, chin up bars and other equipment focused on turning everyday functional movements into strength and cardiovascular exercises. The new, larger facility provides expanded space for the growing number of athletes using the box, as well as a kids’ play area for parents who want to work out but need something to occupy their kids. Today the box has 250

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — In 1887, the city of Ishpeming had eight iron ore mines in operation, and, thanks to large numbers of European immigrants, was one of the largest cities in the Upper Peninsula. That same year saw the beginning of the Peninsula Bank, which this year is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing banking services to the community. “We’re certainly proud of our history and that’s one of the things that makes us unique,” said bank President Bill Stream. “We actually started here on this corner in 1887.” Although the main bank office remains in its original location on Main Street in downtown Ishpeming, the bank now has a total of six offices across Marquette County. In 1887, the initial group of bank investors met in January, with the formal organization of the bank taking place in October of that year, according to the Ishpeming Area Historical Society. The original board of directors included Timothy Hughes, John Jochim, Henry Mildon, William Sedgwick and John Outhwaite. Peninsula Bank officially opened its doors on December 21, 1887. The original bank build-


CrossFit members, refered to as “athletes,” go through the workout of the day at the CrossFit 906 facility in Ishpeming. The CrossFit program focuses on functional movements, such as bending and lifting, at high intensities in short workouts. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

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Snyder drug gets remodeled

West-end chamber likes new digs

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Township Snyder Drug store saw some big changes in 2011, with a complete renovation of the store on U.S. 41. Started in March and finished at the end of September, the store underwent renovations to nearly every part of the physical building, from the ceiling to the floors to the facade to the roof. “It was pretty big,” said Snyder Drug owner Ron Katers. “Everything but the shell.” Originally built in 1983,

the building was ready for an update, Katers said. The pharmacy area had major work done during the renovation, moving the pharmacy across the store to allow for a drivethrough window on the outside and a more open, expanded waiting area on the inside. “All these buildings eventually wear out,” said Katers, who owns five Snyder Drug stores in Marquette County. As the Ishpeming Township store is one of the busiest of the five, Katers said it was a good candidate for a remodel, particularly with the prospect of

increased mining activity should the Kennecott Eagle Minerals project in Michigamme Township move forward. “We’ve always done pretty good business out here, so this was a logical choice,” he said. Overall, Katers said customer response to the remodel has been positive, particularly in the changes to the pharmacy area. “You always want to reinvest in your assets,” he said.

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Elizabeth Peterson, executive director sits in the new building of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chanber of Commerce. (Journal photos by Renee Prusi)

By RENEE PRUSI Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce loves its new home. This past October, the chamber moved to the building that once housed Curves. It’s located at the front of the Jim’s Jubilee parking lot right along U.S. 41, bringing it to the attention of literally thousands of drivers who pass by each day. “It has been wonderful,” said Elizabeth Peterson, the orgnization’s executive director. “This space is suited for a chamber. We’ve really utilized the space. It was Curves before so we did some work before we moved in. We repainted, added a wall, added a counter and made it very inviting. “People feel welcome here. It’s a nice vibe.” The GINCC building also houses the retail outlet of Yooper Shirts, a growing business owned by Ishpeming native Jeremy Symons. For the GINCC the move, Peterson said, has afforded the chamber the opportunity to examine how it does things. “We have learned, for instance, that people from Ishpeming and Negaunee want to see stuff from other counties in the Upper Peninsula,” she said. “They want to be able to reach out and grab information about places just as much as visitors from out of the area want to know about our area.” The chamber currently has 62 members and covers the western part of Marquette County out to Republic, Michigamme and Champion. It formed in 2009. “What’s interesting to me is that we’ve been here about a year and a

half,” Peterson said. “We’re still figuring out what we want to be when we grow up. We’re working at making the right decisions. We want to know how to best help the businesses in our area. “It’s a continuing learning process.” That includes a bit of experimenting as far as events are concerned. “Some events, we want to try once to see how it works. Or if it doesn’t work,” Peterson said. “For instance, there was the Mud Plunge. Was that something the area was going to want? As it turns out, people did want it. They turned out in big numbers and we’re going to do that event again this summer. “We started monthly lunches, in which our members get together to discuss issues and at which we have a speaker,” she said. “Those have been very very popular. “It’s a fun process, trying to figure everything out.” The GINCC also has monthly Business After Hours and maintains a community calendar on its website,, to help publicize upcoming events. “We’re working on new maps and new brochures,” Peterson said. “And we’re hiring another full-time person who will help with marketing and community events and will be here in the office. I am out visiting members so often, it will be great to have someone here to answer the phone.” In all, Peterson said the time since the move to the new digs has been wonderful for GINCC. “It has been a good year. It hasn’t always been easy, but things are moving forward in a positive way,” she said.

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The newly remodeled perspription counter at Snyder Drug in Ishpeming is pictured. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

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Veridea Group center coming to life

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — Veridea Group’s West Towne development is coming to life. In 2011, the group broke ground on their West Towne Center, a development that'll bring

12 new storefronts to a highly commercialized area of Marquette Township. In February 2012, one of those opened for business, the new Arby’s Restaurant. By the start of April, two

more should be open to the public. “Wild Birds Unlimited is expected to open at the end of (March) and the Safety Store is planning to open April 1,” said Bethany Cody, the Veridea Group’s director

of real estate sales. The two-acre property sits on Wright Street near Super One Foods and Range Bank. It was a $2 million construction project. Some space is still available there. “The prime north cor-

ner is available and has a drive-thru option,” Cody said. “Contact Veridea Group at 2283900 or email to inquiries@verideagroup.c om for more information.” Cody said Veridea is

gratified with how everything has gone. “We are pleased with the progress that was made over the winter months,” she said. “Hall Contracting and everyone else who worked on site has done a great job.”

Above, the new West Towne Center located on Wright Street near Super One Foods and Range Bank. The center will bring 12 new storefronts to a developing area of Marquette. (Journal photos by Renee Prusi)


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Pamida now Shopko Hometown

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — Formerly a Pamida store, the new Shopko Hometown store in Ishpeming officially opened in July 2011. Shopko officials, along with representatives from the city of Ishpeming and the local business community held a ribbon cutting before the grand opening of the store. “We’ve been part of the Upper Peninsula community for over 50 years,” said Jim DePaul, senior vice president of store operations for Shopko. “We’re proud to be here.” The new Shopko Hometown store takes the place of the former Pamida store, offering a selection of products from the pharmacy to apparel to outdoor gear to

toys, similar to the larger Shopko store in Marquette in a smaller format. “It’s nice because now we don’t have to go to Marquette,” said Ishpeming Mayor Pat Scanlon in his remarks before the ribbon cutting. “We’re very happy to have them in our community.” A crowd of local residents attended the ribbon cutting, taking the opportunity to get some grand opening deals and enter into prize drawings. Also in attendance were representatives from the Ishpeming City Council, as well as from the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. “Looking around western Marquette County, we can see the shining star that’s here,” said Bruce Turino, president

of the chamber. As part of the ribbon cutting, DePaul presented a donation of $2,500 to the Ishpeming Public Schools, as part of the store’s commitment to the community. The opening today marks the end of several weeks of renovations and improvements to the store, including all new merchandise and products. The store also received a new layout. In addition to retaining Pamida employees, the new Shopko Hometown store also has hired seven new employees, with the possibility of three to four additional hires at the end of the summer, DePaul said. Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is Many people attended the grand opening of the new Shopko Hometown store in Ishpeming last July. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)


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Munising drug store takes advantage of facelift program By JOHN PEPIN Journal Staff Writer MUNISING — Putvin Drug Store in Munising is one of the city’s businesses promoting revitalization of the downtown area through participation in building facade improvement programs offered by the Downtown Development Authority. The Downtown Development Authority was established by order of the Munising City Commission in 1988, with the purpose of revitalizing the city’s central business district. “The Munising DDA strives to make the downtown a vibrant space that will attract local residents, visitors, and boost commerce in the DDA dis-

trict,” the authority said on its website. “The DDA is dedicated to enriching the lives of people living in Munising by supporting them through change and by enabling them to determine and develop their own communities.” In 2000, the city commission expanded the boundaries of the DDA district. Since that time, the DDA has successfully completed a number of projects, including repaving the city’s main street, the installation of historically sensitive lighting, replacement of sidewalks, planting new trees along the main street, revitalizing Bay Shore Park, and the planning of social events which draw area residents and visitors to

Calender of Events APRIL 1

Alger Home, Sport & Craft Show, Alger Centennial Ice Arena, Munising


Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn - Girl’s Night Out, Curtis Relax, Unwind, Indulge & Pamper

MAY 12

Pictured Rocks Cruise Open for Season, Munising


Pictured Rocks Golf Club Annual Fundraiser, Munising

19-20 Trout & Salmon Classic Fishing Tournament, Munising 25

Grand Island Ferry Open for Season, Munising (approximate date)


Historical Society Plant Sale, Old Post Office Museum, Grand Marais 10am-1pm, Perennials and other plants for sale - suited for northern climates.


Munising Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market, Bayshore Park Pavilion, Munising 4pm-7pm, Rain or Shine!

JUNE 15-17 13th Annual Sea Plane “Splash-In on the Bay,” Grand Marais Watch as Sea Planes “splash in” on the bay! With aviation games and a steak fry dinner on Saturday. 22-24 Grand Marais Offshore Challenge Fishing Tournament, Grand Marais $4,000 first place award 23

“Munising Bay Arts Festival” Art & Craft show/sale, Munising 9am-6pm, Munising Bay Arts Association


Grand Marais Garden Tour, Community Center, Grand Marais 10am-4pm; tours, workshops, silent auction & more!


Spaghetti Feed - Pictured Rocks Road Race, Bayshore Park tent, Munising


Pictured Rocks Road Race & Walk, Munising 7am-11am, Run/Walk for the Red Cross


Munising Fourth of July, Downtown Munising & Bayshore Park All Day! Fireworks at dusk! Great day of fun with food, games, parades and the best fireworks! All Day Celebrations & Fireworks, Munising/Grand Marais/Trenary

12-15 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium, Grand Marais 14

Tri-County Fire Dep’t Annual Bazaar & “Junque Fair,” South of Wetmore

the downtown area, officials said. The DDA has several current projects ongoing including continued façade grant incentive programs for DDA district businesses. More than 25 grants have been awarded since 2006, which included money to help the Putvin Drug Store enhance its building, located at the corner of Elm Avenue and Superior Street. In December, at least two dozen local businesses, including Putvins, enrolled in a Christmas Facade Program, which paid businesses half the cost, up to $500 spent, of Christmas decorations. The Christmas Facade Program pays businesses half the cost, of up to

$500 spent, of Christmas decorations. The decorations can be put up inside or outside of businesses, but must be visible from the street or sidewalk. Some of the downtown shops taking advantage

of the program included Madigan’s Ace Hardware, the Mazzali Insurance Agency, the Moose Lodge, People's State Bank and Putvin Drug. For the Christmas season, the DDA also pur-

chased new Christmas lighting for the downtown and lighted all of the crabapple trees, which are situated along Elm Avenue, Superior Street and elsewhere in the city’s downtown.

Putvin Drug Store in Munising recently received renovations by participating in the city’s businesses promoting revitalization program. (Journal file photo)

The Mining Journal, Monday, March 26 — 11G


Northern Michigan Bank and Trust opens in Ishpeming

By JOHANNA BOYLE Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — Residents in the west end of the county now have another option for doing their banking, thanks to the opening of a new branch of Northern Michigan Bank and Trust in Ishpeming in January. The new branch, which held its grand opening on Feb. 24, began construction in October at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Hickory Street. “We want to partner with the Ishpeming community. We hired local people and we want to see the west end grow,” said bank President E.J. Kostreva. The new branch is the

ninth in the U.P., with other locations in Marquette, Chocolay, Dickinson County and Delta County. Wanting to put in an additional branch in the west end of the county, Kostreva said the bank looked up and down the U.S. 41 corridor before finding the best location. Situated at the intersection of Hickory Street and the highway, Kostreva said the location promotes safer traffic patterns as customer traffic can only exit onto the side roads instead of onto the highway itself. “That site we felt was the most centrally located,” he said. The site was also eligible to be included in the county’s Brownfield Au-

thority Plan, which helps fund environmental cleanup and asbestos abatement so that contaminated properties can be reused. After the demolition of the former Jim’s Union 76 station at the site, the site was cleaned up by removing some contaminated soil before starting construction. A full-service bank branch, the new Northern Michigan Bank includes four full-time staff and one part-time staff, plus support from departments at the Marquette main branch if customers want information on trusts or other services. “I grew up in Ishpeming, so this sits close to home with me,” Kostreva said.

Northern Michigan Bank and Trust opened a new branch in Ishpeming in January, rehabilitating a former brownfield site on U.S. 41. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)




Grand Island Marathon & 10K, Grand Island, Munising One of the most unique settings for a marathon in the Midwest! Flannel Jack Fest, Munising A day filled with music, logging shows, demonstrations, vendors & food.


Alger County Fair & Chatham Homecoming, Chatham

10-12 31st Annual Music & Arts Festival, Grand Marais 16-19 Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium, Munising 23-26 Porcupine Press BASH, Chatham 25

Annual Polka Fest - Polish American Society of Northern MI, Sacred Heart Church, Munising 10am, Please call (906) 387-4901 for details.


9th Annual Grand Marais Triathlon, Bayshore Park, Grand Marais The event features a 5K run, junior triathlon and the adult triathlon.


Lions Club Annual Rubber Ducky Race & Raffle, Anna River, Munising


Moose Lodge annual Family Fun Day, Moose Lodge, Munising Pig Roast & Corn Roast


9th annual “Tour da Woods” Mountain Bike Challenge, Chatham-Munising 9:00am & 9:30am start time, Features a 30mile and a 15-mile course.


7th annual “Tour da Valley” Youth Bicycling Event, Valley Spur Trails, Munising 1:30pm start time, Free events for youth pedalers ages 16 and under.


Au Sable Day, Au Sable Light Station, Grand Marais 11am-4pm, Call (906) 387-3700 for more info.


Grand Marais 50k Roller Ski Marathon 2011, Grand Marais Race starts at 7:30am! The course for this race is approximately 50k (30 miles) of open road through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore along beautiful Lake Superior, one of the most scenic rides in the Great Lakes region.

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Annual Holiday & Craft Bazaar, American Legion Post #131, Munising 9am-4pm, Lunch available from 11am2pm Happy Halloween! Trick-or Treating Hours, Munising 5pm-7pm


Sacred Heart Church Bazaar, LaMothe Hall, Munising 10am-1pm


Munising United Methodist Church Holly Jolly Bazaar, Munising United Methodist Church, Munising 10am-1pm


Firearms Deer Hunting Opener, An Upper Peninsula tradition like no other.


Women’s Club Christmas Bazaar, Burt Township School, Grand Marais 10am-2pm; Arts, crafts, antiques, baked goods & more!


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by Kiwanis, Munising


Starry, Starry Night, Grand Marais Local merchants and craft shops are open late with Christmas specials. Watch for signs around town.


Michigan Snowmobile Season Begins! Trails open for use


Muzzleloading Deer Hunting Season, Upper Peninsula - Zone 1


Merry Christmas!

TBD Rekindle the Spirit, Downtown Munising 5:00pm-7:30pm; Evening of family fun to kickstart the holiday season. ONGOING EVENTS YEAR-ROUND Saturdays at Falling Rock Café & Bookstore, Live Music 7-9PM FALL/WINTER/SPRING: “Mather Movie House” – current releases in Mather Auditorium Thursdays: “Casserole & Community Series”, Munising Senior Center, 12-2:30PM, for info (906)387-2530


SUMMER: Farmers & Artists Markets (June - Sep), 5-7 PM “Concert in the Park” Series (July - Aug), 7-9 PM Thursdays-Sundays at the “Big Top” near Bayshore Park, Munising, 8PM: Shipwreck Theater concerts featuring Carl Behrend (July - Sep) All dates subject to change. Updated dates and new events will be listed online at

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Current Board of Trustees

2012 CATALYST Awardees:

Executive Team Mark Canale – President Jack Lenten – Vice President John Marshall – Treasurer Maura Davenport – Secretary Robert Cowell – Immediate Past President Trustees Marilyn Andrew Stu Bradley Brad Canale Kathryn Buhrmann John Maki Don Mourand Michael Roy Roger Zappa Nancy Wiseman Seminoff

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“The Foundation is a wonderful conduit for sharing community legacy gifts that help organizations, such at the Y, help build and strengthen our community programs. They insure sustainability!

Past Presidents The Past Presidents of the Board of Trustees have provided leadership and left a legacy of innovation and growth. Each of our Past Presidents held big dreams for the foundation and used their time, talents and treasures to ensure these dreams came true. These incredible individuals include: Buzz Berube, Dave Higley, Mike Coyne, Vern Dahlquist Craig Stien, Lynn Hammerstrom, Kellie Holmstrom, Bob Cowell Don Mourand, June Schaefer, Stu Bradley, Chris VanAble The Foundation seeks to thank and honor all of our past presidents for their leadership, big dreams and legacy!

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Using the Marquette County Community Foundation as your partner in charitable giving offers a full range of philanthropic opportunities to improve your community. Consider joining our esteemed list of Legacy Society Members. Bequest giving is one of the simplest ways of joining the Legacy Society. Make a lasting gift through your will or trust; it is revocable and doesn’t take any current assets from your net worth. A bequest can be: a specific dollar amount, percentage bequest, residual bequest or a contingent bequest. The Marquette County Community Foundation is happy to work with you on building your Legacy for Marquette County. Please contact our professional staff to discuss this important process.

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SAVE THE DATE Please plan to join us in “Celebrating Legacy” during our Annual Celebration! This years event will be September 27, 2012 at Upfront & Company.

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