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NorthStar agrees to join Aspirus health system IRON RIVER—On Dec. 17, NorthStar Health System leaders announced to employees and medical staff that it has signed letters of intent to affiliate with the Aspirus health system, headquartered in Wausau, Wis. Leaders expect to finalize the transaction by Jan. 31, 2014. Aspirus has offered to retain the positions of all staff members at their current pay and benefits rates. NorthStar includes a 25bed critical access hospital; clinics in Iron River, Marinesco and Crystal Falls, and award-winning home health and hospice services. With more than 300 employees and an active, courtesy and consulting credentialed medical staff of more than 70, NorthStar serves Iron County and surrounding communities. “We believe NorthStar will be a tremendous addition to the Aspirus family,” said Matthew Heywood, president and chief executive officer of Aspirus Inc. “This affiliation will increase our ability to serve the western Upper Peninsula by collaborating and sharing re-
sources with our other regional partners.” NorthStar is Aspirus’ forth hospital partner in Upper Michigan. Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital joined Aspirus in November 2007; Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Laurium, joined in July 2008; and Aspirus Grand View Hospital, Ironwood, joined in October 2010. Chuck Nelson, U.P. regional chief executive officer for Aspirus, looks forward to the addition. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the NorthStar team to coordinate care across our region.” Joining an affiliated group of high-quality providers, said the press release, will allow NorthStar to access new resources, share best practices and realize business efficiencies. That collaboration, the release said, will be vital in the system’s efforts to constantly improve quality and efficiency and to thrive in an industry that presents challenging workforce and regulatory issues. “This decision has come following an extensive due
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diligence process,” said Connie Koutouzos, chief executive officer of NorthStar Health System. “We are confident that this affiliation will secure our future in providing quality health care to our community as well as allow us to expand and improve services with the support Aspirus can provide.” Aspirus is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau. With more than 6,000 employees, Aspirus serves people in 14 Wisconsin counties and the western Upper Peninsula through a series of affiliated hospitals, home health and hospice care, critical care and helicopter transport service, skilled nursing homes, an affiliate physician network and an extensive clinics network. NorthStar Health System is a not-for-profit hospital serving the needs of the south central Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. The system employs more than 300 professionals from the community, and includes over 70 credentialed physicians and mid-level providers in a variety of specialties.
On Nov. 6, the state Capitol Christmas tree was harvested from the Waara family’s yard on Maple Street in Iron River. On Nov. 22, it was lit in Lansing during the 29th annual Silver Bells in the City celebration. The tree that stood at the center of the event was a blue spruce that was planted in the early 1920s. When the timbermen measured it after cutting it down, they found it was 71 feet long. A sign at the Capitol names the 2013 Silver Bells tree sponsors: Upper Peninsula Power Company, Hilberg Logging, Hebert Construction Forest Service, Piwar-
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Members of Lakeland Baptist Church brought the story of Christmas to life during a live Nativity on Dec. 14 and 15. The live Nativity was held outdoors and featured a cast of costumed characters and live animals.
Lansing ruling forces speech therapist hunt By Peter Nocerini IRON RIVER—That darn state line is making life difficult for West Iron County once again. This time, it’s the state of Michigan suddenly deciding it will no longer honor the Wisconsin lifetime license of its speech pathologist, Vicky White. “Michigan, as of Dec. 6, no longer honors it,” Elementary Principal Michelle Thomson told the School Board during its Dec. 16 monthly
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meeting. It means West Iron is now scrambling to meet its students’ needs. Kathy Campain, who did that work for West Iron before retiring and was still working with some students, has agreed to take on most of White’s caseload. The principal said she and White met recently to prioritize the caseload “and make sure we’re meeting the needs of our very needy speech cases.” West Iron will also send a letter to affected parents, alerting them about what has happened and to make sure the district is following each student’s educational program. Part of the letter, the Thomson noted, will say that parents have the right to find outside services and then bill the school. “That would mean traveling to Iron Mountain,” she
noted. “But that is their right if we can’t fulfill their child’s IED. Other options are just not out there.” “We can’t use her [White] any more?” asked one board member. “We can not,” the principal said. “We tried!” said Superintendent Chris Thomson, who said he called state officials in Lansing. “I was told it was a licensor thing—call them. When I called the licensor, I was told that’s a special ed issue—call them.” He sounded exasperated. “We have a 30, 40-year veteran of teaching speech therapy, and the state of Michigan is saying she doesn’t qualify for a teaching certificate because she doesn’t have her master’s [degree].” Thomson said he met with Continued on page 5
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Wild Rivers ‘rings the bell’
Several of the agents/brokers/staff at Wild Rivers Realty & Associates donated their time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 6. They were, from left, Jerry Michalowski, Gloria Najera, Mike VanAckeren, Jessica Fritsch, Chase Erickson, Sandy Buys, Carrie Groy and Shyann Groy. (submitted photo)
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The first Christmas was portrayed at Lakeland Baptist Church in Iron River Dec. 14 and 15. The live Nativity scene was dramatized by members of the church complete with live animals and decorated sets. The northwoods touch was added with some Christmas snow.
100+ Women of Iron County donate to Locker Lunches CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regular meeting on Nov. 21, the 100+ Women of Iron County voted to give their third donation to Locker Lunches. Twenty-three nominations were made and three organizations were given the chance to speak, the Salvation Army, the Bearded Apple and Locker Lunches. The Salvation Army shared with the women how they helped people this past year. They have helped provide shoes to children, money for gas, helped pay utility bills and provided Thanksgiving and Christmas for many families in Iron County. The Bearded Apple is a small co-op coffee shop in Iron River that wants to be able to support local businesses with the idea of helping Iron County to become a self-sustaining county.
Their plans are to help assist local businesses including help with applying for grants and microloans with the money that is made from the coffee shop and the sale of coffee around the county. Locker Lunches provides food to students who receive free lunch to take home over the weekend. Forty-one students are receiving food right now. The goal is to expand to Forest Park as well. Each meal costs approximately $6 and all of the money to provide these meals is coming strictly from donations. The 100+ WWC awarded $5,700 to Locker Lunches. This donation will help make 1,016 lunches. After the presentations, the group voted and listened to a short update from the last winner, the Crystal Falls Contemporary Center.
The center brought in an expert from WPPI Energy to assess the building and they are working on installing a new water heater, replaced a faucet and toilet and they are exploring bids for fixing the roof and the windows. The next 100+ Women of Iron County meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at the George Young Recreational Complex. Registration and social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Anyone wishing to join may attend the meeting and register as an individual or as a team. Teams can be two - four women. Check out the Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/ ic100women or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Spreading the cheer
Forest Park kindergarten 1 and 2 students spread plenty of holiday cheer as they sang their Christmas songs at the Victorian Heights Assisted Living and the Iron County Medical Care Facility. All the smiling children and their teachers, Jackie Giuliani, Bobbie Jo Anderson and Chandra Ziegler, passed out holiday projects, sang loud enough for Santa to hear, and helped the Medicare residents decorate their tree. (submitted photo)
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Community Life... Iron Range Amateur Radio club salutes new radio hams IRON RIVER—The Iron Range Amateur Radio Club of Iron River wishes to congratulate three new amateur radio hams who recently passed their examinations and are now licensed radio hams. They include Debbie (KD8VTS) and Bill (KD8VTT) Grabowski of Crystal Falls and Todd Lindahl (KD8VTV) of Iron River. They are now licensed technicians and are already busy studying for their next license, General. There are three radio licenses available in ham radio and we are
sure they will pass their exams and be licensed in all three. The Morse Code is no longer required for any license. Anyone wishing to take any of these radio exams or update to a higher license, may contact Pastor Dan Waters (AA9JG), the club’s volunteer coordinator, at 265-4240. For information on club meetings, contact Ron Simmons (N8WIS) at 265-9394. The Iron Range Amateur Radio Club invites all persons interested in radio of any kind to attend their meetings.
Christmas Eve services IRON RIVER—A welcoming handshake will greet you as you enter either First Lutheran Church in Iron River or Trinity Lutheran Church atop Stambaugh Hill. Christmas Eve service at First Lutheran, 235 Genesee, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. The choir will inspire you with its music after the ushers have cheerfully seated you. Becky Davis will be singing “O Holy Night.” If you prefer the warm intimacy of a small church,
then Trinity Lutheran Church at 103 Blossom Street will be the perfect place to be on Christmas Eve, 9-10 p.m. Pastor Bonny Kinnunen will be presiding over the services at both churches in keeping with their shared ministry agreement. “We are happy to present two options for Christmas Eve services to the community. Everyone is welcome!” added Pastor Kinnunen. For more information www.1lutheran.com.
Mansfield names contest winners
MANSFIELD—The Mansfield Memories Committee has announced the following winners in its annual holiday decorating contest. Winners are: Chuck and Catherine Pollock (first), Don and Donna Aberly (second) and Jim and Barb Anderson (third).
All of these homes can be viewed along the M-69 corridor near the Mansfield Township Hall between Sagola and Crystal Falls. The committee would like to thank township residents who brightened the Christmas Season by lighting up their homes for all to enjoy.
Snowflake Dance planned ST. GERMAIN, Wis.—The 16th annual Snowflake Dance will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, starting at 7 p.m. in the St. Germain Community Center. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an evening socializing while listening to or dancing with a live band with a variety of danceable music, said organizers. “This is what you are looking for. The band, the Bill Hassey Orchestra, provides great listening or dancing entertainment and has played many times in the area and at the Lac
Vieux Desert Resort Casino. This band also includes Skip Wagner, who is widely known in the area for playing two trumpets at once (as well as playing many other instruments). This community dance sponsored by the St. Germain PrimeTimers. There is no cover charge. Sandwiches and beverages will be available. Everyone is welcome. For any questions, contact Fred Radtke, activities director, 715-479-6310, e-mail: email@example.com
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Lakeland Baptist Church would like to give our heartfelt appreciation for all those who made is possible to spread the true meaning of Christmas. These establishments donated materials, time or the use of their goods to accomplish the task of spreading the birth of Christ. We also would like to thank all those who attended. We had a record year in attendance and are looking forward to next year. From all of us here at Lakeland to all of you in our community, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year. The following are those who participated. Home Depot, Oberlin’s Kitchen and Bath, Spicer’s, The Costume Closet, Westphal’s, Teena Maki, and Forslund Building Supply. Supply Thank you all for your generosity. R04 12/25
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Joshua Moon joins the Army
MILWAUKEE—Joshua Moon has joined the U.S. Army under the Future Soldier program. Moon will report to Fort Jackson, S.C., for basic training on Aug. 19, 2014. After successful completion of basic training, he will train as a wheel vehicle mechanic. He is the son of John and Vicki Moon of Iron River. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay reporting for basic training for up to 365 days. An enlistment in the Army gives new soldiers the chance to learn a new skill, serve their country and become eligible to receive up to $53,028 toward a college education, $65,000 for repayment of college loans or a maximum $40,000 cash bonus.
Sabotta on dean’s list EAST LANSING—Todd
Sabotta of Caspian made the dean’s list at Michigan State University. Todd, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, is the son of Rick and Jill Sabotta.
Academic honors I R O N W O O D — Va l e r i e
Gorman of Iron River is among students at Gogebic Community College who received academic honors by achieving a 4.0 or dean’s list honors for the first semester of the 2013/2014 academic year.
Heroic figures honored CRYSTAL FALLS—Prolific Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis said it best, “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” Two insightful and local individuals used their stories and memories to bridge the gap between themselves and the students of Kurt Anderson’s eighth grade Forest Park social studies class. Tom Nasser, 93, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Gussie Houser, 92, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, volunteered their time to tell their captivating stories of service during World War II. Facilitated by Victorian Heights Assisted Living Services coordinator Lindsey Anderson, the intergenerational treat was an outlet for the two tenants of Victorian Heights Assisted Living to “use themselves as a bridge” to the students and share their experiences. Nasser shared fascinating stories about his service as a bombardier in the 717 Bomb Squadron. The students were enthralled with the details of flack hitting the planes, fighting off enemy combatants, the weaponry they used and the science behind the actual dropping of bombs. He encouraged the students to ask as many questions as they wanted and happily answered the curious students’ inquiries. Speaking of machinery and occurrences that could hardly be imagined unless experienced firsthand, Nasser paint-
Tom Nasser and Gussie Houser receive the reflection papers written about the impact their stories had on the students following their recent presentations. In the reflection written by Taryn Johnson, she notes, “Tom and Gussie are heroic figures to me… all in all, I’m honored to have heard their stories… after all, they are the stories of the ‘Greatest Generation.’” (submitted photo) ed a picture in the minds of the listeners perhaps intriguing them enough to “create their own” American hero story. As one of the first 500 women in the military, Houser captivated the audience as she recalled the strife and triumph she and her fellow females faced as frontrunners of the uphill ascent toward military equality. She touched on the prewar atmosphere of the Northeast as they were on “defense mode” before war was actually declared on the United States years later. She described the “people power” the United States
Kids Count report seeks to improve children’s well-being LANSING—More Iron County children are growing up in families struggling to make ends meet, according to the 2013 Kids Count in Michigan report, which offers clear steps to a brighter future for those children. Statewide, the most dramatic change in the report was a 53 percent increase in the rate of young children who qualified for federal food assistance between 2005 and 2012. More than one in every three qualified for nutritional help because their families were living on incomes under 130 percent of poverty (about $31,000 a year or less for a two-parent, two-child family). Iron County ranked No. 51 of 83 counties (No. 1 has the best, or lowest, rate) with 38.6 percent of young children (ages 0-5) eligible for food assistance, compared with 37 percent statewide. The Kids Count report also found a big increase – 41 percent – statewide in the number of children living in families investigated for abuse and neglect between 2005 and 2012. A total of nearly 207,000 children – the highest number
in 22 years – were living in investigated families in 2012. Iron County ranked No. 42 with 115.2 children per 1,000 living in homes investigated for abuse or neglect compared with the statewide average of 90 children per 1,000. The report, which ranks counties on 15 areas of child well-being, found five dramatically worsening trends – all tied to eroding family economic security. Six areas showed improvements, while three remained about the same. One indicator could not be tracked over time. Livingston County ranked No. 1 (or best) on five of the trend indicators and Lake County ranked last (worst) on eight of the 15 indicators. Even well-to-do Livingston County, however, experienced a big rise in child poverty. To improve conditions for children, the report recommends that Michigan policymakers: • Reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent. The credit helps low-income working families afford transportation to stay on the job. It
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was cut to 6 percent starting in tax year 2012. • Increase the child care subsidy amount and eligibility level so low-income working families have the ability to use licensed child care while parents work or search for jobs. • Support the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. • Expand Healthy Kids Dental into the five remaining counties. • Invest in early childhood, paying attention to the important birth to age 3 time period. • Raise the minimum wage. The biggest improvement statewide was a 33 percent drop in children living in out-of-home care. There were almost 17,000 Michigan children living outside their homes in 2005, compared with just 10,300 in 2012. The drop likely reflects improvements resulting from a court-approved settlement in a lawsuit filed against the state. Also improving were the report’s education indicators. Fourth-grade reading scores improved 20 percent, while eighth-grade math scores improved slightly at 1 percent between 2008 and 2012. Iron County saw a 27 percent improvement in fourth-grade reading and a 13 percent worsening in eighth-grade math.
counted on to help make the war effort as strong as it was. Noting the desire to help and volunteer for the common good trickled down from men to women and people of all ages. Without the modern day technology, the country had to rely on the patriotism and exertion of regular citizens. When asked about the struggles pioneer women of her time faced, Houser explained the newness of their enlistment created some challenge in such things as how to have the women dress, difficulty with media propaganda and standards to hold them accountable to in basic training. However, in a relatively short period of time, with much backing from Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, women were accepted by their counterparts and treated like the asset to the county that they were. In reflection to the speakers in her classroom, Hannah Cross wrote, “It’s as if we are taking a step back in time. This has been such a unique opportunity and our class is thankful to have been a part of it. The stories they’ve told are something to be cherished.” Although Nasser and Houser are roughly 78 years older than the students they spoke to at Forest Park, the core values of the U.S. Air Force bridge the gap between Americans of any age; integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.
The Early Childhood Education annual report IRON MOUNTAIN--The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District’s Department of Early Childhood Education is announcing that the 20122013 Early Head Start/ HeadStart Annual Report is now available for review online. Please visit our website at www.diisd.org and click on “Departments,” then on the “Early Childhood Education” link to view.
Iron County Eye Center RE-LEARNING HOW TO SEE: RESEARCHERS FIND CRUCIAL ON-OFF SWITCH IN VISUAL DEVELOPMENT
A new discovery by a University of Maryland-led research team offers hope for treating “lazy eye” and other serious visual problems that are usually permanent unless they are corrected in early childhood. Amblyopia afflicts about three percent of the population, and is a widespread cause of vision loss in children. It occurs when both eyes are structurally normal, but mismatched--either misaligned, or differently focused, or unequally receptive to visual stimuli because of an obstruction such as a cataract in one eye. During the so-called “critical period” when a young child’s brain is adapting very quickly to new experiences, the brain builds a powerful neural network connecting the stronger eye to the visual cortex. But the weaker eye gets less stimulation and develops fewer synapses, or points of connection between neurons. Over time the brain learns to ignore the weaker eye. Mild forms of amblyopia such as “lazy eye” result in problems with depth perception. In the most severe form, deprivation amblyopia, a cataract blocks light and starves the eye of visual experiences, significantly altering synaptic development and seriously impairing vision. Because brain plasticity declines rapidly with age, early diagnosis and treatment of amblyopia is vital, said neuroscientist Elizabeth M. Quinlan, an associate professor of biology at UMD. If the underlying cause of amblyopia is resolved early enough, the child’s vision can recover to normal levels. But if the treatment comes after the end of the critical period and the loss of synaptic plasticity, the brain cannot relearn to see with the weaker eye.
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From the Reporter files
Remember when… Ten years ago (2003) Dear Santa, Thank you for the presents you brought me last year. I have been a good girl all year, except for the time I cut my hair off. This year I would like a doll house, play dough and Legos. My mommy and I will be at grandma and pappa’s house in Iron River this year. We will leave chocolate covered pretzels for you and your reindeer. Love, Carli Otto, Green Bay Dear Santa, I am 13 months old and after my first eight months of colic, I have been a very good girl. I will be at my grandmas and grandpas in Iron River and Wakefield for Christmas so I hope you can find me! I will love anything you leave me. I love you Santa. Ho Ho Ho. Love Harmony Marie Anderson, DePere, Wis. Dear Santa, I would like a new skateboard, a new bike and a new VCR for my mom. I also want Yugio and an X-box. Love, Keegan Twenty-five years ago (1988) Dear Santa, Thank you for the legos that you gave me last year and they are nice to play with. Could you please get me a new bike this year? My old bike is a piece of junk! Are any of your reindeer sick? I
sure hope not or you can’t bring the people their presents. Your Best Buddy, Greg Dye Dear Santa, I love you! I think you are nice. Do you think I am nice? I will have cookies for you Santa because I think you deserve it. Do you think you deserve it? Do you really exist? Love, Beau Baumgartner Dear Santa, I would like to have a radio controlled Dune Buggy and Big Foot 4. I would also like a pair of frosted jeans. Your friend, Mike Davis Fifty years ago (1963) Dear Santa, I’ve been a pretty good boy this year. Most of all I would like a bee-bee gun, some games, an army set, and some other things to play with. I will leave some swiss miss and cookies for you with some sugar for your reindeer. Love, Glen Treado Dear Santa Claus, Thank you for the toys you brought me last year. I am nine years old and in the third grade. This year I would like a basketball set, a fishing pole and tackle box. I would like a wrist watch and pajamas too. And bring anything else you think I might like. Your friend, David Waino
From the Diamond Drill files
Out of the past... December 22, 1888: Rev. Stanley held Episcopal services in the parlors of the Kimball residence on Monday evening and was greeted by a large congregation. 50 years ago: The All-Nippon Airways has installed four 9” TV sets in its fleet of planes for service in Japan. The airline claims that this marks the first time that passengers have been able to enjoy TV reception in altitudes over 12,000 feet. A Stewardess controls the four TV sets which are tuned in on news and cartoon shows as well as athletic events. Wed 50 Years- Christmas Day will mark the Golden Anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. William Davies, Dunn Mine Location. Steve McQueen make a break for it in the scene from “The Great Escape” based on the Paul Brickhill true story, and coming Sunday, December 29th to the Aldo Theatre in Color and Panavision. 25 years ago: Nicholas Mellon, 17 month old son of John and Angie Mellon of Crystal Falls, was the winner of the “World’s Largest Christmas
Stocking” offered as a holiday promotion by the Alpha/Crystal Falls Credit Union. Pleasant Valley apartment residents enjoyed a Christmas party on Monday, December 12, courtesy of the Iron County Housing Commission. In a recent letter to the Mansfield Newsletter, Rotary exchange student Nomita Kochar of Bombay, India, expressed some views about her life in the United States, specifically in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. “This is my fourth month in the Mansfield/ Crystal Falls area and it’s been great living in this quiet and peaceful place. Coming from a city like Bombay, which has a population of approximately 10 million, one values the peace and quiet that exists here.” Harbour House Museum volunteers are available to help people find information on family members or general information from articles published in The Diamond Drill (editions from the late 1800s to late 1900s). Contact the museum at info@harbourhousemuseum. org.
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Garbage collection for Crystal Falls Township will run on schedule for Tues., December 31st Due to the first Wednesday of the month falling on New Year’s Day, Recycling Day will be rescheduled for Thurs., January 2, 2014. Township Office will be closed Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
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IRS RELAXES THE “USE IT OR LOSE IT” RULE
Taxpayers who have health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) may now carry over up to $500 of unused amounts into the following year if their employer offers that option. Plans may provide for a “grace period” that allows funds to be used up to 2-1/2 months after year-end. Plans may now choose to offer the $500 carryover, the 2-1/2 month grace period, or neither option. For more information, contact us. DS ROSTAGNO, CPA, PC 101 W. Maple St. Iron River, MI 49935
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To the editor: Thank you to volunteer fire fighter Steve Fabbri for taking his time to talk to the Crystal Falls seniors. Steve reminded the seniors how to prevent fires and what to do if they have a fire. I thought the best advice was what to do if you are trapped in a room and your only exit is the window. Steve told the seniors to throw a pillow or something you would not normally see outside — this alerts the Fire Fighters that someone is trapped. I suggest that all seniors in Iron County invite Steve to their senior center to get a refresher on fire safety. -s- Dennis Divoky Crystal Falls Senior Center Treasurer
CRYSTAL FALLS— Ronni Stapleton, 40, of Iron River was charged with driving with a suspended license. Stapleton must complete four months of probation and pay court fees and fines totaling $515. Stapleton was also sentenced to four days in jail which may be completed through eight days of community service. John Thorn, 37, of Crystal Falls was charged with driving with a suspended license. Thorn must complete six months of probation and pay court fees and fines totaling $555. He was also sentenced to seven days in jail which may be served through 14 days of community service. Thirty year old Melissa Hamilton was charged with attempted larceny. Hamilton must complete four months of probation and pay court fees and fines totaling $315. Hamilton was sentenced to 15 days in jail with a credit for five days.
UP Substance Enforcement Team receives $5,000 Plum Creek Foundation Grant ESCANABA—The Plum Creek Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) to help fund organization’s narcotics task force. According to Lt. Timothy Sholander, team commander, UPSET enforces controlled substance laws in 12 counties in the Upper Peninsula, serving more than 270,000 residents. “We provide a valuable service to the residents of the Upper Peninsula by investigating and prosecuting illegal substance use,” said Sholander. “Thanks to the help of the Plum Creek Foundation, we can work to reduce drug activity in our communities and create a safe environment for residents and visitors.” UPSET is the only federally trained Clandestine Lab Team in the Upper Peninsula. It is also the only narcotics team in the area that is trained in education outreach. Each year, UPSET offers more than 150 awareness programs in schools, hospitals, clubs, civic groups and police departments.
The specialized narcotics force is comprised of officers from the Michigan State Police, Delta County Sheriff Department, Marquette County Sheriff Department, Escanaba Public Safety, Marquette City Police Department, Marquette County Sheriff Department and Menominee City Police Department, as well as federal agents from numerous drug and safety departments. The mission of UPSET is to enforce controlled substance laws, to assist other law enforcement agencies in enforcement of drug related laws, and to bring criminal and civil justice to persons and the organizations involved in the use, sale, distribution, and trafficking of controlled substances. The mission of the Plum Creek Foundation is to provide philanthropic contributions to support and improve the general welfare of life in the communities that Plum Creek serves. The Foundation board meets quarterly to review applications submitted from organizations in the company’s
operating communities. Visit the Community Involvement page on Plum Creek’s website at www.plumcreek.com to download an application.
refreshments. Fun Time Bingo, Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:15 p.m. The Site Council sponsors a dance on the second Saturday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. A light lunch is served. Come and join us on Wednesday morning! Coffee & roll - $1.
older, $4; Non seniors – under 60, $5; Wheelchair transport, $6. All prices are round trip. Trip to Iron Mountain Wednesday, 5-6 people, $10 per person. Dickinson-Iron Community Service Agency, Iron River Senior Center. Call (906) 2656134. Are you looking for a place to hold your birthday, graduation, anniversary party, or even to hold your organization meeting? Our center is available to rent. Come in, or call for further details at 265-6134.
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Menus... Iron River Senior Center —Wednesday, Dec. 25: Closed —Thursday, Dec. 26: Closed —Monday, Dec. 30: Shepherds pie, cabbage salad, orange juice. —Tuesday, Dec. 31: Vegetable soup, chicken salad on a croissant, mixed fruit. NOW SERVING AN EVENING MEAL EVERY THURSDAY, salad bar at 4 p.m., dinner served 4:30. NOTICE: Meals served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, reservations taken one day ahead. Call 2656134. If not coming, please call by 9 a.m. on day of meal to cancel. WEEKLY ACTIVITIES: Bridge and cards every Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with
A pancake breakfast is held the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. NEED TRANSPORTATION? Local busing available 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. MondayThursday. Medical, employment, nutrition, social, recreational, educational, shopping, personal. Seniors – 60 and
Crystal Falls Senior Center —Wednesday, Dec. 25: Closed —Monday, Dec. 30: Stew with peas, carrots & potatoes, corn bread, lettuce salad, cake. —Tuesday, Dec. 31: Grilled chicken sandwich, lettuce, tomato, onion, apricots, French fries, baked beans. For everyone’s safety, Center Meals will be cancelled for route and in-house if Forest Park School is cancelled. Please listen to WIKB for cancellations. Thank you! Suggested donation $4. Bread and milk served with all meals. Everyone welcome. Call 875-6709. ACTIVITIES: 1st Sunday - Cards Game of choice 1-4 p.m. $3 charge with refreshments to follow 2nd Saturday - Pot Luck/ Cribbage at 5:30 p.m. 3rd Wednesday - Site Council meeting 3 p.m. 3rd Thursday - Pot Luck at Noon, Bingo to follow Blood Pressure - Monday and Tuesday before Noon Meal and Wednesday before 5 p.m. meal. Amasa Senior Center —Wednesday, Dec. 25: Closed —Thursday, Dec. 26: Chili/ cheese, pea salad, corn muffins, pineapple. —Tuesday, Dec. 31: Pork roast, mashed potatoes, carrots, red cabbage slaw, apple sauce.
Legal Notice Notice Of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale THIS FIRM IS A DEBT COLLECTOR AT T E M P T I N G T O COLLECT A DEBT. ANY I N F O R M AT I O N W E OBTAIN WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR OFFICE AT THE NUMBER BELOW IF YOU ARE IN ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY. ATTN PURCHASERS: This sale may be rescinded by the foreclosing mortgagee. In that event, your damages, if any, shall be limited solely to the return of the bid amount tendered at sale, plus interest. M O RT G A G E S A L E Default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage made by Michael T. Mahon, an individual, single man, original mortgagor(s), to Financial Freedom Senior Funding Corporation, a subsidiary of IndyMac Bank, F.S.B., Mortgagee, dated November 9, 2007, and recorded on November 21, 2007 in Liber 503 on Page 311, and assigned by mesne assignments to OneWest Bank, FSB as assignee as documented by an assignment, in Iron county records, Michigan, on which mortgage there is claimed to be due at the date hereof the sum of One Hundred Sixty-Six Thousand Five Hundred Fifty-Eight and 89/100 Dollars ($166,558.89). Under the power of sale contained in said mortgage and the statute in such case made and provided, notice is hereby given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, at public vendue, at the place of holding the circuit court within Iron County, at 10:00 AM, on January 24, 2014. Said premises are situated in Township of Crystal Falls, Iron County, Michigan, and are described as: All that part of Government Lot 2, Section 35, T44N, R 3 3 W, D e s c r i b e d a s : Beginning at a Rebar Pin Located on the South Boundary line of said Government Lot 2 which is 9.43 feet from the East Shoreline of Swan Lake; thence North 24 degrees 52 minutes 32 seconds East a distance of 27.38 feet to an Iron Pipe; Thence North 15 degrees 49 minutes 53 seconds East along the Shoreline Traverse 100.73 feet to a point; thence North 05 degrees 00 minutes 44 seconds East along the Shoreline Traverse 80.01 feet to a point; thence North 34 degrees 40 minutes 06 seconds West along the Shoreline Traverse 27.81 feet to a point, being the point of beginning of the parcel herein described; thence South 88 degrees 16 minutes 45 seconds East a distance of 193.58 feet to an existing wooden post; thence North 10 degrees 57 minutes 24 seconds West a distance of 103.02 feet to an existing iron pipe; thence in a Westerly direction on a straight line of a distance of 223.67 feet, more or less to an existing iron pipe which is 25 feet more or less, from the East Shoreline of Swan Lake; thence in a Southeasterly direction along the Shoreline Traverse to the point of beginning. Including all land between the Traverse Line and Swan Lake. Excepting therefrom any portion which may lie North of a line which is South 1 degree 40 minutes East 1025 feet from the North Quarter Section line of said section 35, T44N, R33W. Also Excepting all oil, Gas, Ores and Mineral interests of record; and subject any mining and development right thereto. The redemption period shall be 6 months from the date of such sale, unless determined abandoned in accordance with MCLA 600.3241a, in which case the redemption period shall be 30 days from the date of such sale. If the property is sold at foreclosure sale under Chapter 32 of the Revised Judicature Act of 1961, pursuant to MCL 600.3278 the borrower will be held responsible to the person who buys the property at the mortgage foreclosure sale or to the mortgage holder for damaging the property during the redemption period. Dated: December 25, 2013 For more information, please call: FC J (248) 593-1311 Trott & Trott, P.C. Attorneys For Servicer 31440 Northwestern Hwy Ste 200 Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334-5422 File #432212F01 (12-25)(01-15) R01 12/25, 1/1, 1/18, 1/15
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Alpha native retires from fire service
West Iron board . . . Continued from page 1 fellow superintendents a few days earlier. “They’re not having speech therapy needs, but they’re having the same frustration with the state.” The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District doesn’t have speech therapists who can help, but Thomson said superintendents are pressuring the ISD to be the “conduit” for such posts, as it already does for school psychologists and school social workers. The superintendent said a speech therapist would come into West Iron as a first-year teacher. “If you graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a master’s, you’re not going to come to West Iron and start for X [salary]—when the hospitals are offering X times 3. “The ISD has the ability to stretch beyond collective bargaining agreements and/or pay differently because of the structure.” Forest Park, he said, is subcontracting with a Marquette firm for speech therapist work.
“It costs a day and a half, and they’ve got to pay drive time. “So if you’re contracting at X dollars an hour, they’re paying for the three hours that they’re driving from Marquette.” If the roads are bad and the trip takes longer, that comes out or the time set for working with students. Speech pathologists have been working four days a week at West Iron, six hours a day. “Our caseload is a fulltime load,” the superintendent told the board. As for White, “She was qualified beforehand. We received assurances from the ISD that she was good to go, and she was good to go. That wasn’t the issue. “And she’s a wonderful teacher. It’s just that the state changed the rules.” If she lived in Michigan, Thomson said, White would have been grandfathered in. “But she is from Wisconsin.” “In the eyes of the state,” added Michelle Thomson, “they’d rather have nobody there than have Vicky there.”
L’ANSE—No further action will be taken in the case of an Iron County pedestrian who was struck and killed this fall by a vehicle driven by an Iron County Sheriff’s deputy. The decision was made by Joseph P. O’Leary, Baraga County prosecuting attorney, who had been appointed special Iron County prosecuting attorney by Michigan’s attorney general to review the investigation conducted by Post 85 of the Michigan State Police. The investigation centered on the Oct. 31 fatal collision between an Iron County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle, driven by Deputy Leonard Brezek, and pedestrian Harold Foucault. “After careful consideration of these materials, I have concluded that there is no evidence that would indicate Deputy Brezek acted in a criminally negligent fashion or committed any other crime on that day,” said O’Leary. “Accordingly, I have conveyed to the Michigan State Police my intention to take no further prosecutorial action in this matter.” Materials reviewed included reports authored by MSP Troopers Matt Akerley, Brad Lammi, Doug Cole, Jacob Mundy, Ryan Rossler and David Stuck as well as reports from MSP Detective Sergeants Chris Bracket and Thomas Ra-
jala and accident reconstruction specialist Sgt. John M. Bruno. Also reviewed were numerous CD and DVD data discs containing audio and video recordings of the accident scene, radio traffic related to the incident as well as photographs of the scene, the autopsy and data retrieved from Brezek’s cell phone. “On behalf of the Michigan attorney general, the Iron County prosecuting attorney’s office and all the investigators involved, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy for the family of Harold Foucault. This was a truly tragic incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they suffer through their loss.”
Special prosecutor: No more action required
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Pool League Dec. 18 standings: Snipe Lake II, 104-46; Knothead’s, 101-49; UP North II, 98-52; Stambaugh Legion, 95-55; Snipe Lake III, 9060; Village Inn II, 84-66; UP North I, 82-68; Cozee, 78-72; Randy’s I, 73-77; VFW, 72-78; Raven’s Nest, 70-80; Randy’s II, 69-81; Snipe Lake I, 67-83; Village Inn I, 59-91; Wooden Nickel, 58-92. Top shooters: Herman Foss (SL), 27-3; Ken Maki (SL2), 26-4; Dave Villeneuve Sr. (KH), Sean Miskell (UN1), both 25-5; Scott Stroud (VI2), Mike Kunchynski (SL2), Todd Bociek (UN2), all 22-8; Tony Serbinski (SL2), Rob Stapleton (UN2), Al Saario (UN2). all 21-9. Notes: Standings available at sticktherock.com--look for Iron
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Scott Roehl (right), operations supervisor (right) for the Upper Peninsula Power Co., presents a donation to Jo Callovi of the Iron River St. Vincent de Paul store. The funds are targeted to support the critical services provided by these agencies. The contribution is made using company donation dollars, not customer dollars. (submitted photo)
CALIMESA, Calif.—Fire apparatus engineer Joe Scarite, a native of Alpha, retired after 36 years in the fire service on Dec. 7. Twenty-eight years of that service were spent as an employee of the California Department of Forestry, CalFire Division, most of which was spent in Riverside County, with most of the last 18 years spent in the Calimesa. From the time he was a kid growing up in Alpha, Scarite wanted to be a fireman. He read everything he could about fighting fires and still has the scrapbook full of newspaper clippings and articles he saved when he was 10 years old. At age 16, he helped out at the volunteer fire department in Alpha. Too young to be an actual firefighter, his duties included cleaning up around the station, helping paint
Cupcake Couture is a hit DE PERE, Wis.—A former Iron River resident is making a big hit in the Green Bay area with her cupcake shop—thanks to an old family recipe. The Cupcake Couture opened its doors this May on Broadway in downtown DePere and has been delighting customers with a wide variety of tasty treats. In charge of the cupcake creations is Michelle Axford, daughter of Mark and Gayle Shovald of Iron River and a 1997 grad of West Iron County High School. After graduating, she moved to Green Bay, where she met her future husband, Rob. They lived in Milwaukee for a few years, then went back to Green Bay. They live in DePere now with their daughters, Lauren, who’s 6, and Maecee, who’s 2. Not long after Lauren was born, they discovered she had a dairy allergy. For her first birthday, “We had to find a cake that she could have that didn’t have dairy in it,” Michelle said. “We had a hard time finding stuff that tasted good. “And any time we went to a family member’s birthday or celebration, she could never have the cake that was offered.” Michelle found her solution back home in Iron River: from her grandmother, Sally Shovald. “The chocolate cupcakes that she made and that we all grew up on didn’t have dairy,” she explained. “So I used her recipe.” It’s a chocolate cake recipe—no
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milk or butter. After that, Michelle made her own cupcakes, based on her grandmother’s recipe, “so whatever we were having at a party, my daughter could have some, too.” Word got around. People tasted her cupcakes and liked them. They wanted more. “I started baking cupcakes out of my home, and we built a commercial kitchen at my home” in an unused stall of their garage. Cupcake Couture was born in May 2012. Eight months later, they were outgrowing the garage. “There was just a need in the Green Bay area to have gourmet cupcakes,” Michelle said. “They are such a trend right now.” Around that time, they talked with some neighbors who loved the cupcakes: James and Tamika Jones. James is a wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers, and the Joneses live near the Axfords. “They came to me one day and said they were interested in investing and being silent partners. Then my parents wanted to be part of it, as well, so they invested. “So I have these great business partners, and they all own a small piece of it.” In January, the Axfords found a suitable location in downtown DePere. After a lot of work, the new cupcake shop opened on May 4. “We sold over 3,000 cupcakes that day,” Michelle remembers with a laugh. “We had a line out the door, down the street, the entire day. Wall to wall people. “It was just great. James and my husband boxed up cupcakes, my mom and my sister-in-law, Krista Shovald, baked in the kitchen. My
brother, Joe Shovald, was here and helped out. It was the whole family—everybody filled in and helped.” They still come in to help at times—Krista works there. “It really has become a family business. A lot of the recipes I use have come from my grandma. Some of the desserts she made that we grew up on, we’ve adapted and made into cupcakes.” Even a pistachio bread that one her mom’s sisters makes for the holidays. Inevitably, the fame of the Cupcake Couture spread back north to Iron River. “Lots of folks from Iron River come into the bakery and stop and pick up cupcakes when they’re in town.” So popular, in fact, that customer orders were driven back north by Mark Shovald, so they could be picked up at the Iron River Country Club on Christmas Eve morning. The business’ website, www.thecupcakecouture.com, gives you an idea of the wide variety of flavors available— over 50 flavors. “A lot of really cool stuff. Not just chocolate or vanilla!” On weekends when the Packers are playing, Cupcake Couture features James Jones’ favorite flavors: key lime and banana cream. (He is a part owner, after all.) There is also a tailgate cupcake. (“A beer cake with cheddar cheese and bacon on it,” Michelle said.) It’s not that Grandma Shovald made cupcakes with bacon and beer. “I tend to think about all the different things that I like,” Michelle explained. Leftover this gets combined with leftover that and voila!. Customer requests, too. “Did you ever think about this flavor or that flavor?”
Joe Scarite (submitted photo) the fire hall and maintaining equipment. Spending time at the fire hall increased his knowledge of what a firefighter does. It was during this time he became interested in safety procedures and decided to take a first aid/CPR class. The local county ambulance service was recruiting for new employees, so Joe applied and got the job. He worked as an ambulance attendant for a year until he graduated from Forest Park High School. In 1995, Scarite became the post advisor for the Learning for Life Fire Exploring Program based in Calimesa. For his years of dedicated service to youth and Academy participation, Joe was awarded the California state fireman’s Medal of Merit award in 2004. During his years of service to the Calimesa community, Scarite was selected by the Chamber of Commerce as firefighter of the year in 1995 and again in 2005. At heart, he’s always been a “small town” type of fireman who cared deeply for the people of the city, especially the elderly and the young. As Scarite’s career with the fire service comes to an end, he looks forward to a less regimented lifestyle and relaxing time with family and friends. He hopes to spend more time visiting with his parents, Bruno and Joan Scarite, and brother Greg, who still live in Alpha. He also looks forward to spending time with his sister and brother-in-law, Gina and John Leary, in Wisconsin, the home of his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.
Women’s pool Iron River Women’s Pool League Dec. 19 standings: UP North II, 84-36; Snipe Lake, 68-52; Cozee Bar, 66-54; UP North I, 52-68; Wooden Nickel, 49-71; Randy’s, 41-79. Top shooters: Jody Larson (UN2), 87%; Tammi Marinello (Coz), 73%; Sarah Bacalich (UN2), 70%; Nora Norman (SL), 63%.
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Green Bay priest appointed new bishop of Marquette MARQUETTE—After presenting the Catholic Diocese of Marquette with its 10th bishop 35 years ago, the Diocese of Green Bay has again been called upon to provide one of its priests to lead the more than 50,000 Catholics in the Upper Peninsula. Pope Francis has appointed Father John F. Doerfler, who is currently serving as vicar general of the Diocese of Green Bay, as the 13th bishop of the Diocese of Marquette. The late Bishop Mark Schmitt was the auxiliary bishop of Green Bay when he was appointed bishop of Marquette and installed at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette in 1978. Father Doerfler will be ordained and installed as bishop in that same cathedral on Feb. 11, 2014. He succeeds Archbishop Alexander Sample, who was installed as archbishop of Portland in Oregon on April 2, after serving as bishop of Marquette for seven years. The Diocese of Marquette has been led by diocesan administrator, Father Francis Dobrzenski of Lake Linden, since that time. Doerfler said that the Upper Peninsula is familiar to him, having cross-country skied here in the past, and he enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and bicycling. “Though first attracted to the U.P. by its natural beauty, I now have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the people of faith in this diocese,” he noted. He was born on Nov. 2, 1964, in Appleton, Wis., the son of the late Henry Doerfler and Germaine (Mancl) Doerfler. He graduated from Apple-
Father John F. Doerfler ton West High School in 1983 and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and classics from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He then became a seminarian at Gregorian University in Rome, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 13, 1991. Doerfler’s first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Little Chute, Wis., from 1991-1995. He spent the next two years earning his licentiate in canon law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. When he returned to Wisconsin, he was appointed defender of the bond for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Green Bay and parochial vicar of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay, while earning his licentiate in sacred theology from John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. He earned his doctorate in sacred theology from the same institute in 2008.
Other diocesan positions held include assistant chancellor, judge for the Tribunal, chancellor, and vicar general, a post he has held since 2005 In the past he also served as administrator of Holy Trinity Parish in Casco, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and St. John the Evangelist Parish in Green Bay, and St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay. He was also sacramental minister of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, as well as St. Martin Parish in Cecil. In addition, he served as rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis., and was a part-time lecturer in moral theology at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners. Doerfler is currently the chaplain to Legatus, a Catholic organization of lay business people, and a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors. He has written several articles on medical ethics for various publications. Organizations he has worked with include Teens Encounter Christ, Courage, Widows of Prayer and Retrouivaille. He has also done some Hispanic ministry, taught diocesan lay ministry formation courses, offered adult education conferences, was retreat master at Holy Name of Jesus Retreat House on Chambers Island, and served one term as chair of the Marriage Research Committee of the Canon Law Society of America. Doerfler’s family includes his mother, Germaine Doerfler; brother, Thomas Doerfler; sister-in-law, Lisa (Hartzheim) Doerfler; and nephew, Bryan Doerfler.
Tailgate Committee members pictured are, front row, Kathy Boyle and Faith Peterson; second row, from left, Patti Petschar (board member), Trisha Peterson, Beth Bray (committee chairperson), Sherri Erickson and Tamara Juul (staff). The Dickinson Area Community Foundation (DACF) Fall Tailgate committee and board of directors wishes to thank each of the committee members and all of the local businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of the event. (submitted photo)
DACF Tailgate Event raises $8,385.37 IRON MOUNTAIN—The Dickinson Area Community Foundation hosted its third annual Fall Tailgate event at Pine Grove Country Club in September. A highlight each year is the lively entertainment provided by the combined marching band from numerous local high schools. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness in the community about the functions of the community foundation as well as to raise money for local endowment funds. This year, the $8,385.37 proceeds were placed in the following endowments: Norway Affiliate Fund: $1,000;
Crystal Falls Community Project Fund: $1,000; Civic Improvement Fund: $900; Environmental Fund: $900; Fine Arts Fund: $900; Homeless Prevention Fund: $985.37; Hunger Fund: $900; Health Care Fund: $900 and Community Health Care Fund: $900. The activities of the evening included several tailgate themed games, raffles, silent auction and hundreds of prizes. The Tailgate Event Committee presented Beth Bray, chairperson of the event, with a commemorative plaque in gratitude for her time and dedication to the Community Foundation.
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MGH plans Obituaries... new hospital Yackel construction Karen IRON RIVER—Karen Yackel, 61, passed MARQUETTE—Marquette General Hospital and Duke LifePoint Healthcare recently announced plans to construct a new 265-bed hospital to replace the regional medical center facility presently located on College Ave. in Marquette. “This is an amazing development for our patients and the entire Upper Peninsula region,” said Marquette General CEO Gary Muller. “Many, many details need to be worked out, but the decision has been made to proceed with planning for a new hospital campus. Our commitment is to develop the finest healthcare facility imaginable.” Marquette General was acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in September 2012 and, according to Muller, diligent research and deliberation began before the acquisition was complete to explore options for expanding and enhancing medical services at the present hospital location and evaluate feasibility of constructing a new hospital facility. Duke LifePoint committed $300 million in capital to expand and upgrade MGH over the next 10 years. The new hospital decision will accelerate the capital investment process. It will take approximately three years to plan, design and construct the new facility. Adjoining the 265-bed hospital structure, Marquette General plans to construct a 168,000-squarefoot physician office building. It was estimated that expansion and renovation of the current hospital would cost approximately $230 million over several more years. Constructing a new hospital and physician office building is estimated to cost approximately $290 million. With new hospital construction in the early planning stages, a location for the facility is yet to be determined. Input on design will continue to be sought from patients, staff and physicians. Many focus groups have already taken place in regard to facility upgrades and have played an important role in arriving at the decision to construct a new hospital. The design phase of the project will take several months, with continuous input from many sources. Additional details of the new hospital will be announced in the coming months.
away Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Northstar Health System, Iron River. She was born Feb. 10, 1952, in Stambaugh, the daughter of the late Henry and Rena (Ghiotto) Yackel. She attended the West Iron County Schools, graduating from West Iron County High School with the Class of 1970. Karen was employed as a store manager for over 25 years. She is survived by her brother, Terry Yackel; close friends, Mary Rose Butorac, Charlotte Kuehni and Marsha Sleeman; and extended family and friends. Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family of Karen Yackel online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com. Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.
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IR Township approves funds for sled dog race IRON RIVER TOWNSHIP— At its Dec. 10 meeting of the Iron River Township Board, Josh Brindle from the IronLine sled dog race was on hand to discuss the upcoming race, set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and gave the board a report on last year’s event. On a 4-0 motion, the board approved contributing the same amount as last year, $150, for the race. Jeff Bal of GEI discussed the timeline for the township hall renovations. He also noted that the CGAP grant is available to reapply by Jan. 24.
A request from the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Regional Commission to adopt a resolution approving the Iron County 2013-18 Hazard Mitigation Plan was tabled until the next board meeting so all board members can review the information. The approval of the plan is required for the township to be eligible for the FEMA hazard mitigation grant program. Tony Serbinski was accepted as an alternate member of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Cook OB/GYN practice joins DCH med system IRON MOUNTAIN— Dickinson County Healthcare System has announced that the gynecology practice of Dr. John Cook has now become part of Dickinson Physician Services. The staff now includes Robyn Kazianka; Lynn Testolin and Frances Formolo, licensed practical nurses; Sandy Edgar, medical lab tech; and Margaret Neeck, receptionist. Suzanne Bosch will return as clinic biller, and long-time staff member Kathleen Owens are retiring. The practice will be renamed Dickinson Gynecology Clinic but remain at its current location at 1001 Hemlock St., Iron Mountain. All patient medical records
will remain in place at that location. Should patients have any questions or concerns regarding this transition, the status of their medical records or their ongoing healthcare needs, they are encouraged to contact the clinic at 906-7791290. Cook joined the Dickinson Medical Staff in 1981 upon completion of his medical degree and a residency program from Case Western Reserve University. He is board certified in his specialty. “Dr. Cook has been has been a strong member of our medical staff for the past 32 years,” commented Peg Erickson, director of physician services. “We welcome him and his staff.”
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IRON COUNTY REPORTER, December 25, 2013, Page 8
NOTICE OF SHOW CAUSE HEARING AND JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE HEARING NON-PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES On March 1, 2013 real estate with unpaid 2011 and/or prior years property taxes was forfeited to the Iron County Treasurer pursuant to the General Property Tax Act,Public Act 206 of 1893, as amended. The MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, PROPERTY SERVICES DIVISION, RICHARD H. AUSTIN BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, 430 W. ALLEGAN, LANSING, MI 48922 is acting as the Foreclosing Governmental Unit in proceedings to foreclose on this property for unpaid property taxes. There are two hearings scheduled to finalize the foreclosure process. This publication is intended to provide additional notice to parties of interest in these parcels as to the nature, time, and location of these hearings. A SHOW CAUSE HEARING is scheduled for 8am - 4:30pm, January 13, 2014 - January 17, 2014, at The Michigan Department of Treasury, Property Services Division, Richard H Austin Building, Third Floor, 430 W Allegan, Lansing, MI 48922. Any person with an interest in the property forfeited to the County Treasurer may appear at the show cause hearing and show cause why absolute title to that property should not vest in the Foreclosing Governmental Unit. A JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE HEARING is scheduled for 9:00am(CST), February 7, 2014, at Circuit Courtroom, Courthouse, Crystal Falls MI. At this hearing the Foreclosing Governmental Unit shall ask that the court enter a judgment foreclosing the property as requested in the petition for foreclosure. A person claiming an interest in a parcel of property set forth in the petition for foreclosure, who desires to contest that petition, must file written objections with the clerk of the circuit court and serve those objections on the MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY, PROPERTY SERVICES DIVISION, RICHARD H. AUSTIN BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, 430 W. ALLEGAN, LANSING, MI 48922, the Foreclosing Governmental Unit. The docket number of the petition is 13-4824-CZ. If you are a person with an interest in property being foreclosed: You have the right to redeem this parcel from the foreclosure process by payment of all forfeited unpaid taxes, interest, penalties, and fees prior to the expiration of the redemption period. You should contact the Iron County Treasurer for the amount required to redeem. You may lose your interest in the property as a result of the foreclosure proceeding. The title to the property shall vest absolutely in the Foreclosing Governmental Unit unless all forfeited unpaid delinquent taxes, interest, penalties, and fees are paid by March 31, 2014. All existing interests in oil or gas in this property shall be extinguished except the following: i. The interests of a lessee or an assignee of an interest of a lessee under an oil or gas lease in effect as to that property or any part of that property if the lease was recorded in the office of the register of deeds in the county in which the property is located before the date of filing the petition for judicial foreclosure. ii. Interests preserved as provided in section 1(3) of 1963 PA 42, MCL 554.291. PLEASE NOTE: The following list represents parties that appear to have title, lien, or other apparent rights to the parcels being foreclosed by the Foreclosing Governmental Unit. This notice is required to be given by law, even if the party no longer claims or desires an interest if it appears they hold any undischarged, apparent, or potential title or lien right to the property. Listing of a party does NOT necessarily indicate that they are the owner of a parcel, or that they are liable for the property taxes. This list is NOT an offering of property for sale. These parcels are NOT being sold, auctioned, or otherwise made available by virtue of this notice. There is no procedure for purchasing these parcels from the Foreclosing Governmental Unit at this point in the foreclosure proceedings. Those parcels that are foreclosed and not redeemed may become available at public auction in or after July of 2014. These parcels remain the property of their current owner until redemption rights have expired. No party should make any attempt to inspect or enter upon these parcels assuming them to be for sale until the final list of foreclosed parcels is determined and offered at auction in summer, 2014. Most of these parcels will be redeemed from foreclosure. Entering upon them or contacting current property owners may constitute trespassing or undesired solicitation and may subject the offender to criminal prosecution. The street address of the parcels listed is based on local records and is not guaranteed to be the actual location of the property. The amount due listed indicates the balance which was due as of forfeiture on March 1, 2013. The current amount required to redeem must be obtained from the Iron County Treasurer, as additional penalties, fees, and interest have accrued since forfeiture. 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IRON COUNTY REPORTER, December 25, 2013, Page 9
IRON COUNTY SPORTS
Players are poised along the free throw line in case of a missed shot. From left are WIC’s Brock Hopkins, FP’s Austin Carlson and WIC’s Andy Ridolphi.
West Iron County Girls basketball
Next game: Jan. 3 vs. Forest Park
Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m.--Escanaba, home (JV, 5)
Forest Park Girls basketball
Next game: Jan. 3 at West Iron County
Next game: Jan. 2 at Watersmeet
PLEASE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES WHO BRING YOU THE SPORTS SCHEDULE! ALEXA FOREST PRODUCTS AUTO VALUE OF IRON RIVER COVANTAGE CREDIT UNION CRYSTAL LUMBER DENELL CONSTRUCTION, INC. DOUG FELGER, D.D.S. FIRST NATIONAL BANK-Crystal Falls FORSLUND BUILDING SUPPLY HEBERT CONSTRUCTION CO. DENNIS N. HULBERT, D.D.S.S.C. IRON COUNTY ANIMAL CLINICRobert Anderson, D.V.M. IRON RIVER AUTO SUPPLY IRON RIVER CARE CENTER JACOBS FUNERAL HOME
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West Iron County High School lists honor roll IRON RIVER—West Iron County High School released the names of those students who attained the honor roll for the first term. A- or Better 12th Grade Austin Atanasoff, Megan Eagloski, Morgan Eagloski, Dallas Foley, Jordyn Grell, Cassandra Harrington, Gabriel Hoogenboom, Jared Howell, Marissa Jacks, Alexis Kinner, Katelynn Lohrey, Joel Luckey, Megan Miatech, Alex Nelson, Adam Newby, Aren Newby, Cassidy Otto-Dove, Colton Pangrazzi, Cassilyn Pellizzer, Sarah Penkivech, Joseph Pisoni, Amelia Richardson, Ryan Rogers, India Schindler, Allison Villeneuve, Michaela Wahlberg, Jocelyn Wiegand 11th Grade Flavia Acconto, Lauren Hawkins, Melissa Koski, Sydnie Mazurek, Bailey Rullcoski, Nikolas Thoney, Konnor Tousignant, Alexis Vincenzi, Madeline Waara 10th Grade Ganita Golberg, Emily
Howell, Michael Ivey, Alyssa Possanza, Bradley Premo, Megan Quayle, Grace Recla, Zane Sarafiny, Molly Sheehan, Riley Thomson, Benjamin Wiegand 9th Grade Izaya Bengry, Tierney Cayo, Sarah Kerttu, Emmy Kinner, Matthew Maki, Madiline McNamara, Seth Miatech, Katilee Rhino, Allie Schive, Michelle Wiegand B or Better 12th Grade Haley Anderson, Brittanie Barry, Victor Bartel, Cassandra Bustillos, Tylor Capadagli, Sara Caron, Eden Erickson, Ian Frailing, Clinton Franzene, Zachary Gaines, Christina Gasperini, Gabriel Golfis, Abbie Grubbs, Brock Hopkins, Alexis Ivey, Bailey Johnson, Brianna Lambert, Abbey Leonard, Collin Leonarduzzi, Connor O’Donnell, Andrew Peterson, Andrew Ridolphi, Malana Roe, Anthony Rule, Sierra Schindler, Joshua Schuett, Kendall Shovald, Nicole Smith, Kimberly Spigarelli, Cory Warner, Matthew Witt
11th Grade Jennifer Bittner, Alysa Froblom, Alexis Golfis, Nicholas Helgemo, Kelsie Herren, Carli Johnson, Tommi Keski-Kastari, Kyle Maki, Maxwell Maloney, Tristan Nelson, Keeley Nolingberg, Ryan Peterson, Nolan Raab, Sierra Rasmussen, Alec Schmelebeck, Kristin Smith, Sydney Wojdula, Mykel Zaritz 10th Grade Emika Anderson, Tabytha Andreski, Monica Eagloski, Alexas Gasperini, Maggie Ivey, Rachel Malmquist, Elizabeth Pellizzer, Brittany Piwarski, Ally Polich, Jake Polich, Kayley Ponozzo, Jessica Prudhomme, Jamie Rudolfi, Phylisha Sheldon, Boaz VanLanen 9th Grade Kole Atanasoff, Austin Baclich, McKenna Carlson, Brandon Child, Kailey Garavet, Matthew Howell, Ryan Lohrey, Jessie Palmer, Ashley Pflanz, Dennis Powell, Alexis Rullcoski, Sydney Schram, Stephanie Spanos, Eric Stine, Dante Thurston, Katylynn Weston, Justin Williams
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West Iron’s Adam Newby (22) looks for a promising path to the basket as Forest Park defends during the game at the Eddie Chambers Gym Dec. 16.
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IRON COUNTY REPORTER, December 25, 2013, Page 10
Environmental effects of Christmas trees By Bill Cook, Forester & Biologist MSU Extension, Upper Peninsula ESCANABA—The environmental impacts, using life cycle assessment techniques, of real vs. artificial Christmas trees are pretty much even. Like many such analyses, much depends on variable estimates, including personal behavior.
Lucia Pairolero with her Michigan harvested elk were parked at the Reporter office on Dec. 10. Many stopped to hear her story, admire the animal and offer congratulations.
Long awaited elk hunt for Pairolero IRON RIVER—After 20 years of entering the lottery drawing for a Michigan elk hunting tag, Lucia Pairolero got her permit and the opportunity to harvest a bull, cow or calf. The hunt took place downstate near the Pigeon River State Forest and the town of Atlanta that boasts of being Michigan’s elk capitol. Her permit was for the winter elk hunt that ran from Dec. 7 to the 15. Lucia and her husband, Frank, went downstate to scope out the area and meet with an area scout in October. They returned in December for the hunt. The Pairoleros were past residents of Stambaugh. They were familiar faces here from 1977 to 1988. Lucia worked for the West Iron County schools and Frank was a Michigan DNR conservation officer. They now live in Marinesco. Passing through town after the elk hunt, they wanted to share the success with friends in the area. On Friday, Dec. 6, they racked up over 200 miles looking for elk sign. The night before the hunt they connected with Crystal Meier, owner of a local farm. Meier had a spot for Lucia and two other hunters. Lucia had the only bull tag. On the morning of Dec. 7, Meier and her boyfriend took Lucia and the two others out. They spotted a herd of about 15 elk in a field that moved from field to another. Two bulls were spotted in the middle of the herd, but there wasn’t an opportunity for any of them to get off a shot. In the evening, they went back out, just Lucia and one of the hunters. Meier spotted an elk through the trees. After taking a good look, they saw it was a big bull. After getting into a good position, Lucia got a bead
One shot and the elk dropped for Lucia Pairolero, accompanied by her husband, Frank, on the hunt in downstate Atlanta on Dec. 7. (Pairolero photo) on the animal and took the shot. She was using what she called her “lady gun” (Frank called it a “girly gun”) – a .25-06 Tikka T3 Lite. The shot, right behind the shoulder, dropped the elk where it stood. Frank explained that she was using 115 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw bullets. She only needed one. The elk weighed in, field dressed, at 665 pounds. The animal sported a beautiful 6x7 set of antlers with an inside spread of 42-3/4 inches. The lengths of the main beams
were 47 inches and 49-3/8 inches. The longest tines were 15 inches and 14 inches. The Boone and Crockett unofficial green score was 310 1/4. Frank stated that 250 tags were made available for the elk hunt and that the current herd is estimated at 1,125 in Michigan. They had been in hunting area F. In Atlanta and the surrounding areas, elk hunting season is a time for festivals, hunting contests and gathering for hunting stories. Lucia was entered into the
town’s elk contest. She won in a number of categories including first bull brought in and first women to register. She took home a muzzleloader and other nice prizes. En route from Atlanta back to the Upper Peninsula, the Pairoleros came across many who were interested in the huge cargo in the back of their pickup. The elk became a conversation piece along the road where many chimed in with congratulations and excitement to hear the Michigan elk hunting story.
LANSING—The Michigan DNR is seeking volunteers to serve as hosts at Michigan state parks and state forest campgrounds for the 2014 camping season, giving people the opportunity to spend summer enjoying Michigan’s great outdoors while providing a valuable service. Hosts will handle a variety of responsibilities, includ-
ing directing visitors to their campsites, answering questions about the park or state forest, arranging campground activities and performing light maintenance and other services (depending on the host’s talents and interests). In return for their volunteer service, hosts are allowed to camp in the state park or state forest campground at no charge.
Both individuals and teams (couples, families, etc.) may serve as hosts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, provide 30 hours of service per week (including weekends and holidays), serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items. Host training for the 2014 camping season will be held June 4-5, 2014, at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. Special arrangements can be made for anyone who cannot make those training dates. Information and applications about the host program are available from the DNR’s website at www.michigan.gov/ dnrvolunteers. For more information on the campground host program in state parks or state forest campgrounds, please contact Miguel Rodriguez at 517-241-4129.
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Which is more environmentally-friendly; a real or artificial Christmas tree? This is certainly a question that has plagued humankind since the murky origins of winter solstice traditions in northern Europe. German Christians are generally tagged as the initiators of this cultural custom, although earlier citations can be found. “Tannenbaum” is a German word for “fir tree”. There is a set of “life cycle assessment” protocols that can be applied to almost any consumer product or activity which can illustrate and compare environmental impacts. Inputs and outputs are measured or estimated beginning with extraction, through manufacturing, and then disposal. Some call this “cradle to grave”. These protocols undergo regular review and modification to provide increasingly better answers and exploit everchanging technology. Although for wood products, according to some experts, the protocols need serious tweaking. So, what’s the bottom line? Real vs. artificial is a close wash, with some caveats. The calculations involve a number of variables that are assigned values. Some values are pretty good averages while others require looser estimation. And then, there are all the assumptions. This is beginning to sound like a mathematics exercise. Well, it is, really. So, researchers have actually studied this topic. Carbon and energy were the currencies evaluated. Other impacts were evaluated, too, depending upon the study. The American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) commissioned a study that was published in 2010. ACTA is a manufacturer of artificial trees. The 109 page report is loaded with technical jargon. Just the table of contents is over two pages. Another study (91 pages) was published in 2009 by a consulting firm out of Montreal. The ACTA provided a few tips based on their study. 1. If you go natural, try to select locally-grown.
2. Minimize the number of miles driven to acquire the tree. The reports show that driving to get the tree has more impacts than the tree itself. 3. You’ll need to use an artificial tree for 8-9 years before certain benefits exceed those of an annual natural tree. 4. When an artificial tree is replaced, consider donating the old tree. 5. Where possible, dispose of natural trees in re-purposeful ways, such as mulch. Of course, in the annual carbon and energy footprint of an average American family, a Christmas tree of either breed is pretty much inconsequential. The choice of real vs. artificial goes beyond just environmental impacts, and those impacts can be highly variable depending on family behavior. Buying a real tree from a local tree farm helps area growers stay in business and might slow a bit of urban sprawl. Most artificial trees are made in China but the transportation efficiencies are actually quite high. The studies did not recognize the difference between “fossil” carbon and “biological” carbon, which is an important distinction. Avoiding fossil carbon by using biological carbon has atmospheric advantages that aren’t yet often recognized in life cycle analyses. Real trees rule in this regard, as do forest products. How do Americans fall-out in the real vs. artificial debate? The ACTA says that 83 percent of homes that participate in Christmas tree traditions will use an artificial tree. Last year, Americans bought nearly 22 million real Christmas trees and 12 million artificial trees. Some households displayed both. According to the ACTA survey, the average cost for a real tree was $45, and $80 for an artificial tree. The most popular real tree choices are true firs, such as balsam and Fraser, followed by Scots pine. However, there is a range of species to suit the desires of most tastes. Michigan’s Christmas tree industry is valued at about $5060 million and is one of the nation’s top producers through selling around three million trees each year. Most of the production is exported. The bottom line? Use whatever suits your family’s needs best and however your family likes to engage the Christmas tree tradition. If the environment is important to you, there are much bigger fish to fry than deliberating between a real and artificial Christmas tree.
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‘Fishing After Hours’ MARQUETTE—The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor “Fishing After Hours” on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn. Light refreshments will be served after 6. The Jan. 8 meeting will feature Nick “Fly Guide” Simon who will talk about fly fishing in the U.P., including local hot spots and hot flies. All who are interested in conservation and cold water fisheries are invited.
D.J. Powell, 14, of Caspian shot this 5-point buck on Dec. 12 while hunting during muzzleloader season with his hunting partner, Ken Maki of Iron River. A clean shot was made at 60 yards and the buck dressed out at 140 pounds. This was D.J.’s largest buck to date. D.J. is the son of Jenny Marcell. (submitted photo)
IRON COUNTY REPORTER, December 25, 2013, Page 11
The faces and voice of Christmas in our schools
Photos by Kevin Zini
Students of West Iron County and Forest Park school districts perform during the holidays for family and friends.
IRON COUNTY REPORTER, December 25, 2013, Page 12
FP boys blast off to 4-0 start CRYSTAL FALLS—Santa Claus delivered the best possible gift for Forest Park basketball fans on Dec. 16—a walloping of their cross-county rivals at the Eddie Chambers Gym. After a quarter and a half of half-court ball, the Trojans suddenly went off to the races midway through the second quarter and left West Iron County far behind. A 15-point run late in the first half followed by a 19-2 third quarter powered Forest Park to a 53-29 win. The Trojans followed that by rocketing past Rapid River 77-36 Dec. 19 to go into the holidays with a 4-0 record, 3-0 in the Skyline Conference. Vs. West Iron, you can say that when the Trojans see blue, they “see red.” Forest Park coaches have said it themselves many times: Nothing motivates Trojan teams like seeing “Wykons” on the opponent’s uniform. Early on, though, West Iron called the tune—Trojan shots were missing, and the Wykons snapped up the rebounds. West Iron led 6-4 after one and got to 10-4 about three minutes into the second quarter. “We started out very tight,” said Coach Chris Nocerini
about his team’s first home game. “Like no one wanted to make a mistake.” Five Wykon fouls in the next few minutes gave Forest Park frequent stops at the free throw line, and 5 of 11 shooting plus Daniel Nocerini’s basket put the Trojans ahead 11-10. Then two baskets each by Mitch Bal and Nocerini took the lead to 19-11 by the end of the quarter. Austin Snell and Nocerini both scored six in the second frame. The coach credits Bal with turning up the tempo. “He knows these guys, and Mitch said, ‘We’re going to push it.’ They pushed the ball right before half, and we had a nice spark.” Baskets by Austin Carlson, Raymond Tomasik and Nocerini boosted the lead to 25-13 early in the second half. With West Iron struggling on offense, Forest Park kicked up the speed, forced turnovers and hit at a torrid rate to kick the lead up past 15, past 20, past 25. The Wykons finally got their bearings again in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 of their 29 points. Way too late to change the outcome, though. “We try to play tough defense,” said the coach. “And they did. The two
Ryan Rogers dribbles downcourt for the Wykons, as the Trojans’ Austin Snell keeps pace. guards sparked our defense up front. Once they started putting pressure on Iron River …” Nocerini isn’t starting his freshman son, but Daniel still led both teams with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Snell scored nine, Carlson had eight, Lee Graff totaled seven and Tomasik scored six. Rebounds: Carlson 9, Graff 7. Just seven turnovers for FP. West Iron had 20. WYKONS TROJANS
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Against Rapid River, the Trojans quickly opened up a 21-10 first quarter lead, on three-pointers from Snell, Jeff Johnson and Bal.
Austin Snell gets a quick shot away against Rapid River’s defenders. It’s getting crowded inside! West Iron’s Ryan Rogers (24) and Andy Ridolphi battle for the ball against Forest Park’s Austin Carlson and an unidentified Trojan teammate.
Lady Trojans foil Mid Pen’s strategy
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CRYSTAL FALLS—Word is that Mid Pen’s girls basketball team is a squad on the rise. But on Dec. 17, the Wolverines were just the latest team to get crushed by Forest Park. The Lady Trojans scored 29 in the first quarter, another 20 in the second and wound up with a 79-37 win. That makes them 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the Skyline Conference. Trojans Coach Jeff Syrjanen said Mid Pen is an improving team, led by Hunter Branstrom and Kelsey Shope. “They won three of their first four games,” he said, “and I think they’ll improve as the year goes on.” At Forest Park, Mid Pen tried a a triangle-and-two defense, with two girls covering Lexi Gussert. Ambitious plan, but “It blew up in their face,” Syrjanen said. “Kendra [Campbell] came out on fire and hit nine points in the first quarter. Maria [Stankewicz] hit two outside shots, too. “And then we got our running game going, and Lexi started lighting them up.” The triangle-and-two hampered her for a while, but when the other girls started scoring, “They didn’t know what to do.” In the end, Gussert scored
12 first-quarter points anyway. “He came in with a gimmick defense, and we put up 29 points on it. I would say it didn’t work.” FP led 49-17 at halftime, shooting 63% from the floor. In the second half, they took off the press and went to a soft zone defense. Gussert finished with 30 points, including four 3-pointers, plus 16 rebounds, seven steals and seven assists. Campbell scored 18 (16 in the first half and 8 of 9 from the floor) and Stankewicz finished with 12. Ten of the 12 girls who dressed for the game added to the point total. “Everyone was running the floor very well,” said Syrjanen. “Our press was doing an exceptional job on them. We played exactly the kind of game I wanted us to play.” As for Mid Pen, Branstrom led with 15 points, and Shope and Marissa Westlund scored eight each. WOLV’INES TROJANS
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• The Lady Trojans closed out the 2013 part of the schedule Dec. 20 (after this week’s early deadline) when they visited Watersmeet. Now a twoweek break until their visit to West Iron on Jan. 3.
After that, they upshifted into their transition game, breaking out 11-2 early in the second quarter. FP led 34-17 at the break. Seconds into the second half, Snell stole the ball, dribbled in and scored on a layup. That set the tone for a 24-9 quarter, with Snell leading the way. He scored 12 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter. Carlson backed him up with six of his 11. “We’ve been waiting for Austin to start stroking the ball like he did last year,” the
coach said, “and he did tonight. That’s Austin’s game. Then it seems all the other pieces just fall into place.” In fact, five Trojans scored in double figures. Besides Snell and Carlson, Nocerini had 13, Bal had 11 and Tomasik scored 10. Hot hands: FP was 47% from the field, 58% in the second half. Carlson led with 12
IRON RIVER—For a team led by seniors, what should West Iron boys Coach Dan Schive think when his team has a collective “senior moment”? After their deliberate play worked very well in the first quarter and a half against Forest Park Dec. 16, the Wykons suddenly forgot all about it. Before they remembered, the Trojans remembered how much they like to run and took charge. The result: a 53-29 Wykon loss that dropped their record to 1-1 overall. How was the game, coach? “Really bad basketball for 12 minutes,” Schive said. “A really good defensive effort for 14 minutes, and then we decided we were just going to run all over the place and do stupid stuff. “And that was the game. Then it’s going to steamroll, and when you’re on the road, it’s going to steamroll some more. “I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed. We should never play that way.” The reality: It was only West Iron’s second game of the young season. Eighteen more on the schedule, including their entire home schedule, which started last Friday. Schive: “I told them in
the locker room, If this effort makes you come back to practice tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday and work harder so we don’t do this again on Friday, good! That’s what we’re looking for.” Things seemed to go well early—the Wykons led 6-4 after the first quarter and led 10-4 about three minutes into the second. But once the Trojans strapped rockets to their feet and launched their fast-break game, the Wykons were left behind, coughing in the smoke. By halftime, West Iron was trailing 19-11, wondering what happened. “It’s like somebody hit a switch, and we stopped playing,” Schive said. The teams seemed to mark time early in the second half, but then Forest Park lit the afterburners again and blasted off on a 22-0 run that took them into the fourth quarter with a 43-13 lead. Joe Pisoni’s early basket kept them from being shut out in the third. “You’re not going to beat anybody scoring two points in the third quarter.” Credit Brock Hopkins for finally turning the ship around. Hopkins’ free throws ended WIC’s long dry spell, and he hit a three and a two in the
Pardon my hand! West Iron’s Michael Barker tries to get a shot away as Forest Park’s Austin Carlson defends. rebounds, and Nocerini had seven. Graff was top playmaker with seven assists, and Bal had five. “Solid team performance tonight, offensively and defensively.” ROCKETS TROJANS
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• The Rapid River game was Forest Park’s 2013 finale. Their season resumes Jan. 2 at Watersmeet.
Wykons left in FP’s tracks next few minutes. Hopkins led West Iron with eight points, all of them in the fourth quarter, before fouling out with four minutes left. Otherwise, the scorebook was pretty bare. Andy Ridolphi was next highest with five points, and he was blanked in the second half. Nobody else had more than four points. Adam Newby was held to a single free throw. No shooting stats were available or figures on turnovers. That’s probably just as well. “We shot the ball atrociously bad,” Schive said. “They played pretty good D, but it was nothing we haven’t seen before and not as good as we’re going to see this year.” So what are the Wykons going to do about it? “I’ve got to do a better job getting them better,” Schive said, “and they’ve got to do a better job listening so they can get better. “You’ve got to stand up, find some heart and be better. Simple as that.” WYKONS TROJANS
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• The Wykons played L’Anse at home on Dec. 20 (after this issue’s early deadline) and visited Houghton on Dec. 23. Next up: Escanaba’s visit this Friday, Dec. 27.
Statement made: Wykons stop Norway IRON RIVER—After losing by eight points to Iron Mountain the week before, West Iron’s girls basketball team “made a statement,” according to Coach Joe Serbentas, with their 35-28 win at Norway Dec. 16. Their first win improved their record to 1-3 overall (0-2 West Pac) going into a killer year-end schedule. “The girls knew that we needed to get a win,” said Serbentas. “We’ve got three tough games coming up.” Why a statement game? First, West Iron’s loss to IM. Then, Norway defeated the Mountaineers. Finally, WIC vs. Norway at the site of the District 95 tournament in late February. They are the only three teams in the district. Each is now 1-1 against the others. “The district is wide open,” said Serbentas. He asked his team to play tough defense, and that was one key to the win—West Iron led from the start and held the Knights to 9 of 43 shooting from the field, 21%. “Part of it is that we had
good pressure and forced them into some bad shots and got some turnovers.” West Iron also pushed the ball upcourt. “We felt we had a speed advantage on them, so I told them let’s get the tempo going.” The Wykons had a 35-23 rebounding edge and improved their shooting to 33% (15 of 46), after shooting in the low 20s the week before. “Maybe that made a difference. We still only scored 35, but the defense played really good.” Serbentas said his girls are positive despite early struggles and letting a few leads slip away. “In this one, they stuck to their guns, made sure they stayed out of foul trouble and kept plugging away.” Megan Miatech led West Iron with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Cassi Pellizzer scored seven, and Alexis Golfis and Lizzi Pellizzer both had six. Both Pellizzer girls had three steals, and Erin Angeli had five rebounds. Just one sour note: WIC struggled at the free throw line,
making just 5 of 15 attempts. Serbentas noted that his younger girls are doing well when they come off the bench. “I’m getting them a lot of good minutes, and they’re stepping up and doing some good things on the floor—a rebound there, an assists there or a hustle for a loose ball. “Any time they come in, it’s more experience for them,
and it’s going to pay dividends down the stretch.” WYKONS KNIGHTS
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• Now for that tough schedule: The Wykons visited Houghton on Dec. 20 (after this edition’s early deadline) and faced Kingsford at home Dec. 23. After the holiday break, they return to action on Jan. 3 by hosting Lexi Gussert and her Forest Park teammates.
West Iron Boosters report three more Mania winners IRON RIVER—Three more winners have been announced by the Wykon Athletic Booster Club in its Football Mania contest. During Week 13 of the NFL season, Cheryl Anderson of Iron River was the weekly $25 bonus winner. In Week 14, Margaret Barry of Iron River had the fourth highest point total for the week and won a $25 prize. For Week 15, Dan Gasperini of Iron River was the weekly $25 bonus winner.
The Booster Club will have at least a $25 prize winner each week. Players can check their tickets online at www. charitymania.com.
Indoor bocce Windsor Center Thursday Night Mixed results, Dec. 19 Grinches (Gail Baker, Kris Graves, Lorraine Meinhardt) tied Jolly Hollies (Amy Pratt, Linda Golas, Riley Wiegand) 1-1 Note: New players are invited every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Teams are randomly chosen each week.