Highlights of important happenings in the area
15 Then & Now
Superior View Marquette Post Office
March 2022 No. 395
Jane Hutchens James Larsen II
Calendar Editor Carrie Usher
Graphic Design Jennifer Bell Knute Olson
Proofreader Laura Kagy
Chief Photographer Tom Buchkoe
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About the Cover Artist
Marquette artist Ron Morgan first displayed at Art on the Rocks in the 1970s. After serving as a Marine Vietnam Veteran, he worked at Bunny Bread/Sara Lee Bakery for 35 years until it closed in 2009. In retirement, he has been able to resume his passion for the arts. His work can be seen at Zero Degrees Art Gallery.
16 On Campus
News from U.P. universities & colleges
New York Times Crossword Puzzle Change of Heart (answers on page 57)
Erin Elliott Bryan
Owners embrace mid-century home
23 Sporting Life
Ann Dallman Annual ice shows begin March 12
Sonny Longtine The Magnificent Mansion
28 At the Table
33 Lookout Point
DIY corned beef offers custom results
Local group strives for strong gardens, strong communities
35 The Arts
Bringing home the music
Heroes in bricks
Pam Christensen Digitizing U.P. history
43 In the Outdoors
Creatures in the snow
46 The Arts
Kathleen Carlton Johnson Calumet’s Big Green Church offers art classes, handmade gifts
Larry Chabot Bay Cliff Health Camp: Started with a picnic and a dream
50 In the Outdoors
Salamander migration sparks awareness
53 The Arts
Life on the Rails
Milton Bates Jonny Bahk-Halberg
55 Superior Reads
Victor Volkman Historic saga winds tale of two characters
56 Home Cinema
Leonard Heldreth Film with heavy subject matter mellowed by doses of humor
The Gathered Earth
59 Out & About
Carrie Usher March events and music, art and museum guides
City Notes deadline reminder and submission guidelines
arquette Monthly’s City Notes are compiled from press releases sent to MM. The deadline to submit a press release is the tenth of the month prior to publication; the deadline for the April issue is Thursday, March 10. Editors receive more press releases than can be used. City Notes are run at the editor’s discretion, based on what might appeal to MM’s specific readership. Press releases should be sent as a text attachment (Microsoft Word preferred). Photos are welcome, as jpgs with a minimum 300 dpi at 3”x5” size. Both can be sent to editor@ marquettemonthly.com
Women voters meet March 2
he League of Women Voters of Marquette Co. will hold its next membership meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2. Due to variable COVID-19 concerns, the meeting is planned to occur via Zoom; however, check the www. lwvmqt.org website just prior to the meeting in case the meeting can take place in person (which would be at Peter White Public Library). The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All are welcome to attend meetings. For details and a link to the Zoom meeting, email email@example.com
Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event set
he Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program will offer several Beyond BOW events this winter at various locations in Marquette County. The BOW program gives women, 18 and older, an opportunity to improve their outdoors skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. In addition to being fun to participate in, many of the BOW and Beyond BOW classes offer important outdoor skills, including snowshoe and cross-country skiing. On March 20, Do-It-Yourself Trail Snacks will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Marquette Food Coop. In this class, expect to enjoy at least three homemade trail snacks, including some of the instructor’s favorite to bring into the woods or out on the water.
This is a hands-on class and all will go home with a goodie bag of fresh trail snacks and recipes to use again in the future. Note: recipes will contain nuts and may also contain other allergens. The class is appropriate for vegetarians. If you have specific questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant Week festivities start March 6 in Marquette
elebrate the local flavors of Downtown Marquette’s dining scene during the annual Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week, March 6 through 12. Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week provides the community the opportunity to experience a wide variety of culinary opportunities, all while supporting our local restaurants. An ever-growing list of participating restaurants can be found at the Marquette DDA website, downtownmarquette.org/restaurant-week. Specials are subject to change. For details, contact Tara at (906) 228-9475, ext. 104 or Tara@downtownmarquette.org
Winter membership meeting scheduled for trail hikers
he Winter General Membership Meeting of the North Country Trail Hikers Chapter will be held at 6 p.m. March 8 in the Community Room at Peter White Public Library. The event will include a short film and an update from trail crew leaders on the state of the trail in our region. Attendees will have a chance to provide feedback or ideas related to future chapter group activities and learn about various volunteer opportunities. Please note that masks are required inside the building.
Marquette Regional History Center sets presentations
he Marquette Regional History Center will offer two presentations in March. A live online presentation, “Michigan Aviation: People and Places that Changed History,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 9. Meet the author of the book published in 2021, Michigan Aviation, Barry Levine. Hear stories about the history and human-interest stories of the three former Michigan Strategic Air Command bases—Kincheloe, K.I. Sawyer and Wurtsmith. He will also discuss the 1971 crash of a B-52 bomber in Little Traverse Bay. All nine aircrew died, but the area narrowly avoided an environmen-
tal catastrophe; the B-52 was about a minute’s flight time away from its intended target, the Big Rock Nuclear Power Plant. Register by visiting www.marquettehistory.org or call (906)226-3571. On March 23, James Paquette will offer the real history of Michigan’s Iron Country—not the history of mines and mining companies. Paquette will offer the history of the miners themselves, largely made up of immigrants who came to the U.P. with their families seeking the American Dream. This presentation honors that history by bringing to light the untold truth about the worst mining disaster in Michigan history—the November 3, 1926 cave-in at the Barnes-Hecker Mine that took the lives of 51 men. This is a 90-minute program followed by a Q&A session at the Marquette Regional History Center. Call (906)226-3571 for details; suggested donation is $5.
Book club presents virtual Q&A with Maryka Biaggio
he Crystal Falls Community District Library, in partnership with the U.P. Publishers & Authors Association (UPPAA), has scheduled author events with winners of the U.P. Nota-
ble Book List. The 15th event is with Maryka Biaggio, whose novel about the disastrous attempt to establish a faithbased utopian community in the U.P., is a riveting read. Maryka Biaggio is a psychology professor turned novelist who specializes in historical fiction based on real people. A graduate from Marquette High School and Northern Michigan University, she enjoys the challenge of starting with actual figures and dramatizing their lives. The event is free to all U.P. residents, and will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. on March 10. Email Evelyn in advance at egathu@ uproc.lib.mi.us or call (906)875-3344.
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Fifth annual day set to Spread Goodness
esignated as an official holiday in the State of Michigan and the City of Marquette, the fifth annual Spread Goodness Day is set for March 11 to inspire a global day of explosive goodness by encouraging individuals, schools and organizations to celebrate and spread goodness together. On one day, on purpose, to show the epic power that one act of goodness, multiplied by hundreds, thousands and maybe millions of people, has
Thank you, Elmer. to change the world in just one day. It’s about knowing we can change the world every single day! What do you do for Spread Goodness Day? Spread goodness. To whoever you want, however you want and to whatever extreme you want.
Celebrate goodness in your unique, do-gooder ways. Volunteer, buy a coffee, donate a car, surprise a friend with flowers, host your own event. Performing acts of kindness, or even just witnessing kindness, creates oxytocin, which reduces blood pres-
sure and makes you feel more loving and loved. This also reduces stress, anxiety and depression, and releases serotonin, which heals wounds and endorphins to reduce pain. Over the last four years, this event has inspired hundreds of thousands of acts of goodness throughout the United States and across the globe. For details of how to participate, visit www.spreadgoodnessday.com
Virtual caregiver workshop set to begin mid-March
owerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week online workshop designed for non-professional, informal caregivers, will be held on Wednesdays, March 16 through April 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with an optional orientation at 2 p.m. on March 9. Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. In addition, caregivers often feel a lack of control over events and a sense of powerlessness which can have a significant negative impact on their physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers online program will provide
Career Technical Education Magazine now available for middle, high school students
rea middle school and high school students will soon receive a 36-page magazine featuring Career and Technical Education (CTE) academic and apprenticeship programs available locally that can lead to rewarding careers. The magazine is published by the CTE Committee comprised of Northern Michigan University, Marquette-Alger RESA, U.P. Construction Council and U.P. MIWorks. The magazine will include information about high school CTE programs; NMU programs in the professional trades, business, cybersecurity and healthcare; and 11 apprenticeship programs highlighted
caregivers tools to help reduce stress and increase relaxation, make tough decisions, reduce guilt, anger and depression, communicate effectively, set goals and problem solve, and take better care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Caregivers will benefit from the class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, or friend living at home, in long-term care or across the country. The workshop focuses on self-
by the U.P. Construction Council. “The purpose of the magazine is to provide students with the information they need to make the best possible career decisions,” said Stu Bradley of the CTE Committee. “We believe that it is extremely important for students to have a realistic career direction that matches their abilities and interests with the jobs available locally. Over the last six years, thanks in large part to the magazine and similar efforts by the CTE Committee, the percentage of high school students in Marquette and Alger counties that are enrolled in CTE programs has increased from 37% to more than 50%.”
care for the caregiver, not on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered by Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) in partnership with Tri-County Office on Aging. There is no charge for this online workshop, but registration is required. Participants must also have a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet, microphone, webcam and email address to participate. Class
The magazine was delivered to all middle schools and high schools in the two counties. Teachers and counselors will be provided copies to use in classroom or advising situations. Every eighth grader will receive a copy prior to enrolling in high school, and all seniors will receive one before deciding on their postsecondary paths. The magazine will be distributed to more than 100 area locations and to local and state decision makers. The CTE Committee reached its fundraising goal of $13,000 to fund publishing, thanks to community donations. The magazine will also be available digitally. size is limited. Registration ends on March 6 or until the class is full. To register, visit www.upcap.org or call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Winter events support suicide prevention efforts
est End Suicide Prevention announced three winter events to support suicide prevention and the LIVE Campaign, encouraging selfcare and compassion in communities.
The 2022 LIVE Snowman Building Contest is now accepting entries until March 11. Entries are open to people of all ages across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with one lucky person winning a $100 Visa Gift Card. The 2022 LIVE Snowman Contest is intended to bring people outside to enjoy physical activities during the cold winter months, as well as bring awareness to the LIVE campaign. Studies have shown that both being outdoors and taking part in physical activities helps to improve your mental health. Find the rules at www.glrc.org/snowmancontest Silent Snow Sports for Suicide Prevention is a virtual winter outdoor activity event to raise awareness for suicide prevention and the LIVE Campaign, with proceeds benefiting West End Suicide Prevention. All registered participants will receive a free LIVE neck gaiter and those registered participants who submit photos to email@example.com will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Downwind Sports gift card. Register at www.runsignup.com/Race/MI/Ishpeming/WESP The Beating the Winter Blues Health Fair will take place on March 20 at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. This is a unique health fair on the west end of Marquette County and will feature health screenings, Blender Bikes, a prescription drug take back box and a variety of agencies sharing information about the services they offer. Agencies can register a table for the event until March 11. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (906)523-9688.
Bonifas Art Center offers creative opportunities
he Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba sets aside its gallery spaces each year to honor the creative learning in Delta County-area schools. As part of a nation-wide celebration, Bonifas staff reminds the community of the importance of creative learning options and of Bonifas’ commitment to the creative spirit. Nearly 700 pieces of children’s artwork brighten up the gallery spaces and herald the coming of spring with a flourish of color. They will announce the awards through Facebook on March 15. Youth in Art will be on display from March 3 through 31, with open houses for K-5 from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 16, and for Grades 6-12 from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 17. The Bonifas is seeking donated 8” x 8” artwork for a benefit, due by
April 1. They are inviting artists to create 8” x 8” artwork to be a part of the Mosaic project. Art can be in any medium, as long as it fits on the space. Spring Raffle Tickets are also on sale, with the drawing on June 27. For details, visit www.bonifasarts.org or call (906)786-3833.
Negaunee Public Library offers streaming video service
he Negaunee Public Library is now offering Kanopy, a streaming video service to patrons. Library cardholders can access Great Courses, as well as a wide selection of more than 30,000 movies or TV series, by visiting Negaunee. kanopy.com or clicking the link on the library’s website. Films can be streamed from a variety of devices including computers, televisions and mobile devices by downloading the Kanopy app for IOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. There is something for everyone on Kanopy. Kanopy Kids offers unlimited access to stories, Sesame Street, Highlights and more. There are parental controls users can set, so a device stays on Kanopy Kids. Great Courses supports lifelong learning for a variety of subjects, from cooking and yoga to world history and nuclear physics. Independent and world cinema that might not be found through any other streaming service may be found on Kanopy. For details, contact Jessica at (906) 475-7700, ext. 18, or email her at email@example.com
NMU’s Vinyl Record Club hosts four-day show, sale
rom 12 noon on Thursday, March 24th through 11pm Sunday, March 27th, a four-day vinyl record show will be held in the second floor community room of Ore Dock Brewing Company, at 114 W. Spring Street in Marquette. Thousands of new & used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books, and t-shirts will be available. Talk with Jon and Geoff about trading old records and tapes for new favorites, or finding an unused media collection a new home. For details, call (906)373-6183. To RSVP for this event, please visit the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/ events/265418479042240 All are welcome at this free, all-ages event, presented by the NMU Vinyl Record Club.
Peter White Public Library offers spring programming
eter White Public Library has a variety of new offerings this spring.
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The Friends of the Peter White Public Library (PWPL) will hold a Spring Book Sale on March 24, 25 and 26 in the Community Room on the lower level of the library at 217 N. Front Street in Marquette. Thousands of clean used books will be available for purchase at bargain prices. Proceeds from the sale will support PWPL’s programs, materials and equipment. The Superiorland Library Cooperative and the Peter White Public Library announced a new community resource. Thanks to Victoria E. Wolf, a recording booth was purchased with the goal of recording books written by local authors and/or about the Upper Peninsula. The booth has been installed on the second floor of PWPL, and equipment and furnishings were funded by Eunice Vandecaveye and the Jim Armstrong Memorial. It is available for checkout to SLC cardholders over the age of 14 who complete a training. Visit https://pwpl. info/recording-booth for details. A new community resource is currently set to open in late March. Digitization equipment was purchased with the goal of helping people digitize materials for personal and community memory. The hardware and software has been installed in the north balcony of the library. You must be a PWPL cardholder, complete a training, and
it is recommended to sign-up beforehand, as there is only one station. You must also be over 17 years of age. If you are younger than 17, an adult must accompany you. For details, email refdesk@pwpl. info or call (906) 226-4311.
MSU Extension plans Tai Chi for Balance, Diabetes
ichigan State University Extension is offering two new options for tai chi starting in March 2022. MSU Extension Tai Chi for Balance, Body & Spirit is the fall prevention set that has been successfully offered free via zoom. The MSU Extension Tai Chi for Balance, Body and Spirit has been scheduled late afternoon/early evening to make this motion lotion available to those who are working days or who are best suited to late day exercise. Tai Chi for Balance, Body & Spirit will be offered online via zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays starting March 14, and going through May 13, 2022 at 6 p.m. You will need video and audio capabilities on your computer/laptop/tablet. This program is free, but registration is required at https://events.anr.msu.edu/taichiforbalance2022/ Tai Chi for Diabetes will help minimize the risk of complications of diabetes by improving heart/lung
function, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and stress reduction. Tai Chi for Diabetes is an enjoyable and safe set of forms which delivers many health benefits. MSU Extension is offering Tai Chi for Diabetes each Monday starting March 14 and going through May 9, at 2 p.m. via zoom. This online series is led by a certified instructor of Tai Chi for Diabetes and is free to all participants. Participants need to register and space is limited. To register, visit https://events. anr.msu.edu/taichifordiabetes2022/
2022 Winter Roots Festival features four nights of music
fter a two-year hiatus, the Winter Roots Festival is returning to Marquette in March 2022. This event, sponsored by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and Hiawatha Music Coop, will feature four nights of local and international touring musical acts at various venues in Marquette. Unlike past years, each concert will be on a different night and there will be separate tickets for each event. All attendees must wear masks. Hiawatha Traditional Acoustic Arts Performance (HoTAAP) will take place at 6 p.m. on March 16 in honor of St. Urho’s Day Concert. The
performance will feature Wil Kilpela with Cliff Porter and Conga Se Menne at the Ore Dock in Marquette. A St. Patrick’s Day concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 17, featuring The Knockabouts and Michael & Erica Waite, at Ore Dock. On March 18, Songwriters in the Round featuring John Davey, Lena Maude and Michael Waite will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Fold, 1015 North Third Street, #9, in Marquette. Skerryvore will perform at NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on March 19. For ticket pricing and details about any of these events, visit www.nmu/beaumier
Munising DDA opens art contest for banner designs
he Munising Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has announced its Downtown Banner Design Contest, and art contest aimed at beautifying downtown Munising. Individuals are encouraged to submit banner designs they feel would make the downtown district more welcoming and attractive to residents and visitors. The winners of the contest will have their banner displayed on M-28/Munising Avenue and will receive cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100. The theme for this year’s
Father Marquette’s sixth grade STEM class has been learning to build items to increase their awareness of 3D spatial thinking. This will be built upon in the future to incorporate more complex building materials including motors and batteries. (Courtesy of Father Marquette)
contest is “What Makes Munising Unique.” To be eligible, you must be a resident of the U.P. Designs should be in full color and contain original artwork, 18”x36.” The deadline is April
1, 2022. Submit designs to kathy@algercountychamber or mail them to the Munising DDA at 129 E. Munising Avenue, Munising MI 49862. For details, call (906)387-1110.
Honor Credit Union to award $1,000 scholarships
onor Credit Union announced that the 2022 Honor Credit Union Community Commitment Scholarship window is now open for applications. The credit union will award a $1,000 scholarship to 25 graduating high school or home school seniors throughout Honor’s communities. The deadline is March 15, 2022. For details, visit www.HonorCU.com/ scholarship
Teal Lake Melt-Down contest benefits local Lions Club
ow with Teal Lake covered in ice, it’s time to guess when it will melt. Teal Lake Melt-Down tickets are available online and in person at the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) office. The Teal Lake Melt-Down is a contest to select the exact day and time the replica mine shaft head-frame structure drops through the ice of Teal Lake in Negaunee, Michigan. The closest entry to the exact day and time determines the winner. The winning entry is worth 50% of the contest net proceeds or $500, whichever is greater. Entries are $5 for each guess. Recent prize money awarded was
$2,188 in 2021. With the increasing popularity of the Teal Lake MeltDown fundraiser, payouts continue to rise each year. The structure, which is a replica of a mine shaft headframe built by U.P. Fabricating, will be put in place when it’s determined safe enough to move it on to the lake. The winning entry must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the structure falling through the ice. In the case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the earlier entry purchase date. In the event of an unforeseen occurrence (malicious act, tampering, acts of nature, equipment failure or other) all decisions of the Melt-Down Committee to award the winner are final. All entries must be submitted by April, 1, 2022. Tickets marked incorrectly are rejected. Visit www.negauneelions.com to purchase tickets online or stop at GINCC, located at 910 US-41 West in Ishpeming.
Ice fishing shanty removal dates approaching
n Michigan-Wisconsin boundary waters, ice shanties must be removed by midnight Tuesday, March 15. On all other bodies of water in the Upper Peninsula, outdoorspeople
must have ice shanties removed by midnight on March 31. Daily use of ice shanties is permitted anywhere in Michigan if ice conditions permit and if the shanties are removed from the ice at the end of each day. People venturing onto the ice should use extreme caution as temperatures begin to rise or fluctuate. The repeated thawing and refreezing of ice weakens its strength, decreasing its ability to support the additional weight of people, snowmobiles, ORVs and shanties. Deteriorating ice, water currents and high winds increase the probability of pressure cracks, which can leave anglers and others stranded on ice floes or at risk of falling through the ice. For details, visit www.Michigan. gov/IceSafety
Volunteers needed at history museum in Ishpeming
f you have a few hours to spare, perhaps as little as once a week during this coming summer, and would like to spend a pleasant afternoon surrounded by Ishpeming history, there is an opportunity for you. Volunteer as a host at the Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum
in the historic Gossard Building in downtown Ishpeming. Anyone interested in helping to preserve the history of the Ishpeming area is welcome. The museum offers training for those interested in becoming a volunteer. For details, visit the Ishpeming Area Historical Society’s Facebook page or call David at (906)486-8680.
Education grants available through Grow & Lead
row & Lead: Community and Youth Development is now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of the former Grow & Lead President and CEO. This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples of potential projects include homework clubs, field trips, mentoring or literacy support. It is preferred that funds be used within one year. Applicants must be from Upper Peninsula school districts, College Access Networks or other youth-serving organizations. Selection will be based on how the program addresses an unmet need, how it helps youth
succeed academically, the number of youth served and other data as determined by the selection committee. Visit glcyd.org to apply. The deadline to submit completed applications is March 18, 2022. Please direct any specific questions to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health foundation’s spring grant cycle now open
he Western Marquette County Health Foundation Spring Grant Cycle is now open. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2022. Applicants must use the online Spring Capital Grant application located at www.westendhf.org. Contact Foundation Manager Doug Russell at email@example.com or (906) 204-7410 for details.
MDARD announces grant opportunities for county fairs
he Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the 2022 competitive grant cycle for the state’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Additionally, grants are available for associations or other organized events hosting fairs or expositions showing livestock and commodities. Both grant proposals must be received via email by MDARD no later than 5 p.m. on March 18, 2022. The capital improvement program provides additional funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including but not limited to structural improvements or other renovations to buildings. Eligible applicants include fairs that are incorporated under Act 80 of 1855 or county owned and operated fairs operating under Act 11 of 1929 and that have submitted all required year-end reports for the prior three years. Livestock expositions hosting expos must meet the required number of exhibitors. For detailed program information, application form and submission criteria, contact Michael at (517) 2858463 or email hetheringtonm1@ michigan.gov
MDHHS seeks proposals for trafficking victim services
he Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFPs) to enhance or expand the services offered by victim service organizations with a demonstrated history of successfully serving victims of human trafficking.
For the initial award period of May 1 through September 30, 2022, the grant will support enhancement of services offered by organizations that victims of labor and sex trafficking often require to address their needs. In subsequent award periods, the grant will continue to support a wide range of services to human sex and labor trafficking survivors. This RFP is open to federally recognized Native American tribes and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations. A total of $4 million, subject to continued availability of funding, will be awarded in the first award period, with the first year focusing on enhancement of the scope of services offered. In the first award period, MDHHS anticipates issuing up to 30 awards with a maximum of $450,000 possible for a single award. Grant applications for the Human Trafficking Program RFP must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m. on March 11. For details, visit https://egrams-mi. com/mdhhs/user/home.aspx
EGLE announces 17 coastal management grants
he Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced more than $1.1 million in coastal management grants. These funds will lead to 17 grant-supported projects and program initiatives to protect, preserve, enhance and wisely develop our coastal resources along the nation’s longest freshwater coastline. Recipients of the $1,114,577 in grants for 2022 include: • Michigan Technological University, Houghton: $75,000 for technical support to the MCMP in developing the MCMP Toolkit. • Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region Commission (WUPPDR), Hancock: $11,109 to develop location-based outreach programs for education on coastal hazards. This outreach will increase understanding of community vulnerability on Lake Superior. Community vulnerability is the process of identifying risks from coastal hazards (e.g., erosion and flooding) and methods to reduce risks through adaptation strategies. • City of Hancock: $45,000 to carry out a feasibility analysis for nature-based shore protection and restoration. The analysis will help address erosion issues at a high erosional shoreland on the Keweenaw Waterway.
U.P. Home Health & Hospice
postpones annual fundraiser
.P. Home Health & Hospice announced that “Dancing with our Stars Marquette County Style” was postponed to May 2023 due to the high level of community spread of COVID-19 that continues in our community. This event, which is for the benefit of the U.P. Hospice Foundation, began in 2013 and has been the sole fundraiser for the hospice foundation. All sponsorships will carry-over to the 2023 performance. If you purchased tickets for the performance and would like to beat the rush for next year’s ticket sales, you may keep your existing seats and use them for the 2023 performance. For details, visit https://uphomehealth.org/hospice-foundation or call (906)225-4545.
COVID-positive urged to ask about oral medications
s the supply of oral medications to treat COVID-19 is expanding across the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to talk with their health care provider if they test positive for COVID-19 to determine if this is the correct treatment for them. Paxlovid and molnupiravir are designed for the outpatient treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19. Both medications may only be prescribed for patients. MDHHS continues to strongly recommend getting vaccinated and boosted for the best protection against the virus. Treatment with mAb continues to be an important therapy for mild to moderate COVID-19 infection and is preferred over treatment with molnupiravir whenever it can be readily accessed. Based on current evidence, mAb therapy is also a comparable alternative to paxlovid for patients who do not have access to the oral medication, have contraindications to the medication, or are beyond five days (but within 10 days) of symptom onset. Paxlovid is indicated for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in patients 12 years of age and older who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and who meet the current Priority Eligibility Criteria. Molnupiravir is indicated for treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults ages 18 and older who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19 when alternative COVID-19 treatment options authorized by FDA are not accessible or
Upper Peninsula Brewing Company, owned by Jim and Ann Kantola, far left and right, held its grand opening at 342 Rail Street in Negaunee; they offer a wide selection of products from brewers Mason Mathis and Erica Tieppo, served in a 10,000-square-foot historic space.
clinically appropriate and who meet the Priority Eligibility Criteria. These medications are available at no cost to patients. Additional information on oral antiviral medications and monoclonal antibody therapy, including priority eligibility criteria based on MDHHS scarce resource allocation principles is available at Michigan.gov/COVIDTherapy
MDHHS renews call for COVID vaccination, boosting
ollowing FDA approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 18 and up, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is renewing its call to Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible. MDHHS is urging Michiganders to complete the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations and then get a booster dose once they are eligible to ensure they are up to date with their protection against the virus. More information is available at Michigan. gov/COVIDVaccine. The Moderna vaccine, now known as Spikevax, has shown to be better than 93% effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 and 98% effective in preventing severe disease. To date, more than 5.3 million primary and booster doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in Michigan and more than 65% of Michiganders ages 5 and older have gotten at least their first dose of one
of the safe, effective vaccines. From Jan. 15, 2021, to Jan. 14, 2022, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 77.6% of COVID cases, 85% of hospitalizations and 83% of deaths. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit Vaccines.gov
MDHHS director visits U.P. community partners
uring a recent visit to the Upper Peninsula, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel met with MDHHS county employees, as well as volunteers and staff from community and partner organizations, service providers and local leaders. Meetings and tours included stops at Northern Michigan University (NMU) to discuss food security, COVID-19 and access to behavioral health care. Hertel also: • Met with NMU’s Medical Director Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick on COVID-19 testing, quarantine and isolation strategies, their partnerships and technology on campus to analyze test samples and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. • Met with NMU Interim President Kerri Schuiling and campus COVID-19 task force leaders to discuss response strategies, successes and opportunities to work together to continue to keep the campus and community safe, and make sure people have access to behavioral health care locally when and where they need it.
• Discussed food security and collaboration through the NMU Center for Rural Health, Marquette Food Coop and the Food Exchange, including their partnership and current grant projects as well as the common goal to create better access to fresh and healthy food. • Joined an NMU student and faculty member for a tour of the hoop house grounds.
Notes from the desk of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
• U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced $753,500 to support rural communities in the Upper Peninsula. These funds include awards to: Munising Memorial Hospital ($63,000 for x-ray equipment), the City of Iron Mountain ($14,300 for a patrol vehicle), the City of Crystal Falls ($27,400 for a patrol vehicle), the City of Iron River ($100,000 for a snowplow), Adams Township ($50,000 for a pumper truck), Gogebic County ($8,400 for a new heating system), the City of Wakefield ($242,000 to relocate their department of public works), Houghton County ($70,600 for two patrol vehicles), City of Houghton ($25,700 for a patrol vehicle), Keweenaw County ($18,400 for a patrol vehicle), the City of Norway ($23,200 for a patrol vehicle) and the City of Manistique ($110,500 for an ambulance). • Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan) announced that the $1 billion investment in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will accelerate the cleanup and restoration by 2030 of nine high-priority areas in Michigan whose lakes, rivers and watersheds flow into our Great Lakes. • Stabenow co-sponsored bills to ban Members of Congress from buying and selling stocks while in office. The bills, the Ban Congressional Stock Trading Act and Ban Conflicted Trading Act, will prohibit all Members of Congress from buying and selling individual stocks and similar investments while in
office. Members of Congress have advance notice of actions and policies not available to the general public that can impact an industry, such as investigations, potential hearings, and bill announcements. These bills ensure that Members of Congress cannot personally benefit from this information through stock trades. • Stabenow and Peters announced that Michigan will receive over $16 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to build public electric vehicle charging stations across the state this year. Surveys have shown that concern over charging station availability is one of the top reasons why people do not purchase an electric vehicle. • Stabenow and Peters introduced a resolution opposing Canada’s placement of a permanent nuclear waste storage site near the shared Great Lakes Basin. Canada is currently considering a storage site at South Bruce, just 30 miles from Lake Huron. The resolution urges President Biden and his administration to work with the Canadian government to find an alternative location to permanently store nuclear waste that does not pose a threat to the Great Lakes.
News from the desk of Governor Gretchen Whitmer
• Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new grant program beginning March 1, 2022 that will provide businesses with additional financial support totaling $409 million to help retain or create jobs. Under this program, eligible businesses in operation before October 1, 2019, may receive a percentage of their loss in total state sales through a grant, up to $5 million. Businesses must submit a completed online application no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 31. The application is available at www.michigan.gov/abr • Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan is expected to receive $110 million over five years in formula funding to support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, made possible by passage of the federal bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and
Did You Know... What Cloverland is?
t is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as called during the 1920s when farming on cut-over land and later tourism was heavily promoted. It remains in use among businesses especially along the Michigan-Wisconsin border. Submitted by Russell M. Magnaghi, history professor emeritus of NMU and a U.P. author and historian.
Jobs Act (IIJA). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration will invest $5 billion in formula funding across the country to build the first-ever national network of EV chargers. • Whitmer and Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Anita Fox announced that more than 303,000 Michiganders enrolled in a 2022 health plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace during the recent Open Enrollment period. This is the highest number of enrollments since 2017. • Whitmer consolidated regulatory bodies within the state that oversee cannabis and hemp processing, distribution and sale. Currently, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) regulates hemp, while the Marijuana Regulatory Agency regulates marijuana. The order renames the Marijuana Regulatory Agency as the Cannabis Regulatory Agency and tasks it with regulating the processing, distribution, and sale of both hemp and marijuana going forward. Oversight of cultivation will remain with MDARD.
Local business & organiztion news…in brief
• The City of Negaunee hopes to build a 71-site campground and trailhead for off-road vehicles and snowmobiles if it wins a $3.7 million Competitive Outdoor Recreation Tourism Grant; the campground is planned for a 12.1-acre lot off County Road 480 with a trailhead nearby on 4.7 acres off Rail Street. The location provides access to Iron Ore Heritage Trail and state snowmobile route No. 8. • Island Resort & Casino’s Sweetgrass Golf Course has been named the 2022 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA); the course, located 13 miles west of Escanaba in Harris, was selected last year as the Michigan Golf Course Association’s Course of the Year in 2021. • The Sawyer International Airport Advisory Board is planning major improvements, including modernizing the entrance, terminal upgrades, new signage and removing 13 unusable buildings. • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting $479 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to build a new shipping lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The new lock would replace two smaller, obsolete locks. Of the two remaining active locks, only one is long enough to handle the largest ships on the Great Lakes. • The Marquette Regional History
Center announced the 2021 history award recipients. The Helen Longyear Paul Award went to Rachel Crary for her exemplary research and writing on local Marquette County history and the Peter White Award went to the League of Women Voters of Marquette County for their 2020 presentation titled A Brief but Spectacular History of Women’s Suffrage in America. • Keith Clegg, sergeant at the Kinross Correctional Facility, was selected as the winner of the 2021 Michigan Department of Corrections Director’s Award for his efforts in assisting the facility by creating emergency processes and assisting staff with his excellent leadership skills. • UP Health System – Bell was recognized as a 2022 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States by The Chartis Group for the fourth year in a row; regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX. • Whitmer appointed Timothy Hunt, DVM, of Marquette, to the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine; Hunt is a licensed veterinarian and owner of Bayshore Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Tim’s Pet Food Company. • Whitmer appointed Tanya J. Rule of Atlantic Mine to the Public Health Advisory Council; Rule is the environmental health director for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. • Whitmer appointed Melissa A. Holmquist to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees; Holmquist, of Marquette, is the president and chief executive officer of the Upper Peninsula Health Plan, the treasurer for InvestUP and vice president of the Marquette Economics Club. • U.P. owned and operated cannabis retailer, The Fire Station Cannabis Co., opened its sixth storefront in Munising, located at 404 East Highway M-28. • Velodrome Coffee recently opened at 109 South Main Street in Downtown Ishpeming. West End Ski & Trail, reloated to 101 South Main Street, opened in Ishpeming. The building was previously known as the Merricks Building and has been fully repurposed for both businesses. • Samara Floral Company held its grand opening on Valentine’s Day in downtown Negaunee. It is located in the back of Washtown USA laundromat, 415 Iron Street.
then & now
The Marquette Post Office in downtown Marquette in the early 1900s.
The Marquette Post Office on the corner of Washington and Third streets recently.
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Tech hosts ‘Lives in Transition’ series
rom the deep forest to data mines, a new virtual speaker series offers campus and community fresh approaches and possible solutions to move forward toward a better tomorrow. The Lives in Transition series presented by Michigan Tech’s Institute for Policy, Ethics and Culture (IPEC) runs through March 17. Offered at 7 p.m. twice weekly, topics range from the heights of the cosmos to land stewardship and nation-state borders. The free, open-to-the-public series, part of IPEC’s fourth season of events, is a collaborative effort that includes the Michigan Tech Vice President’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Portage Lake District Library and Michigan Humanities. Those interested can sign up in advance for Lives in Transition events. Pick up books by series authors available now at Portage Lake District Library—they’re yours to keep or pass along to the next reader. “This series brings together leading voices on transformative change and
asks them to address all of us: to teach us what they know, help us navigate the often confusing world around us and guide us toward making the kinds of wise choices that can help us all move forward,” said IPEC Director Jennifer Slack. “This series is for everyone. We invite everyone: local, regional, national, university and community, teachers and students. What these speakers have to say is for all of you.” On Wednesday, March 2, data artist Jer Thorp will be in conversation with IPEC Director Slack to shed light on the human stories within endless scrolls of raw information. On Tuesday, March 15, Sara Hendren discusses adaptive and assistive technology with Kelly Steelman, department chair and associate professor of Michigan Tech’s Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Hendren, an artist, design researcher and writer, teaches design for disability at Olin College of Engineering. Visit mtu.edu/news for the full schedule of speakers or to register for the events.
Finlandia exhibit open until March 16
inlandia University International School of Art & Design has opened its 2022 Alumni Exhibit, through March 16. “I’m blown away,” said Carrie Flaspohler, Finlandia University gallery director. “The high quality and the diverse forms of artistic expression exhibited makes me so proud of the International School of Art & Design alumni.” There are a variety of genres in this year’s exhibit, including tailor-made hats, sculptures, photography, mixed media, painting, ceramics, fashion design and even a music video. Finlandia alumni from across the United States and as far away as Malta sent work for this year’s
exhibit. “We have so many professional artists across the globe that are working and creating art,” Flaspohler said. “It is with great pleasure that I bring their work together in an exhibit that celebrates their talent and commitment to the arts. During the difficulties of the past two years, I believe we as a society have seen the power of the arts to reflect the human experience, to both soothe and challenge, and ultimately to ask the viewer to look within.” The reception for the artists will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 24. Artist talks begin at 7:20 p.m. The gallery is located at 435 Quincy Street in Hancock.
Northern sponsors Meijer State Games
orthern Michigan University is a gold sponsor for the Meijer State Games of Michigan and the sole sponsor for the event’s opening ceremony. The Meijer State Games is a multisport competition that welcomes all athletes regardless of age or ability. The opening ceremony was held Friday, February 25 at Marquette Mountain Resort. “The Meijer State Games of Michigan coming to Marquette gives us the opportunity to meet and introduce families from across the state,” said Derek Hall, chief marketing officer at NMU. “Young people interested in
winter sports are a strong target demographic for recruiting and we want to invite the students to come to college here.” The Meijer State Games added Marquette as a second location for its winter games to use the area’s snowy winter season. The eight events scheduled to take place in Marquette include luge, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding, curling, figure skating, cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Events are scheduled to take place through March 6. For details, visit https://www.stategamesofmichigan. com/marquette-winter-games.
Finlandia’s 2022 alumni exhibit is now on display at the campus gallery, through March 16, featuring works in a variety of media.
CHANGE OF HEART
Reprinted from the New York Times By D avid S teinberg /Edited by Will Shortz
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speedways 75 Cut off 76 French menu phrase 77 Sushi chef’s eggs 78 Uncle for whom an annual award is supposedly named 80 Not so many 81 When nothing goes right 83 Dutch name starter 85 Frank Robinson or Brooks Robinson of the Baseball Hall of Fame 87 *Watered artificially 89 *Goes well with 94 Turn in a game 95 Canine coat 97 Instant, informally 98 Island with a trisyllabic name 99 Sat around 101 In the thick of 103 Ending remark that’s surprising 105 Starting point 108 Suffix with labyrinth 109 Czar known as ‘‘the Great’’ 112 Once called 113 *Noisy disagreement 116 *Ordered 120 Service with a Capitol Corridor route 121 Promote aggressively 122 Without accompaniment 123 Crows 124 Ones in hills or farms 125 Luxury vessel 126 The dark side
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up? 2 Racket 3 Noticeable 4 Roused from a nap 5 Neighbor of Nev. 6 Barely usable pencils 7 ____ sandwich 8 Like some roller coaster drops 9 Task for a crossword constructor 10 Washed quickly 11 Bon ____ 12 Instrument used in a medical checkup 13 Out of whack 14 Vessel with a hatch, informally 15 The ‘‘teardrop of India’’ 16 Not exceeding 17 ‘‘Dark Lady’’ hitmaker, 1974 18 ____ Park, N.Y. 20 Christianity’s ____ Creed 25 Word with code or card 28 Good witch in Oz 31 ‘‘That’s enough about your sex life!’’ 32 Pallid 33 Some have combinations 36 Like J, alphabetically 39 English majors’ degs. 40 Having three unequal sides 42 Equal: Prefix 44 Outmoded storage device 45 Witness 47 Some breads 48 Smitten 50 British exclamation 51 One of three for German nouns, or one of four for those in Africa’s Zande language 53 Like a tug-of-war rope 55 One may go off in the middle of the night
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60 Robot sound 62 Hot condiment 63 Italian bread that’s
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trees grew in Alaska 91 In an obvious way 92 All-time connector 93 Big ____ 96 Plan in detail 100 Puppy ‘‘kisses’’ 102 Rot 104 Ill suited 105 9-5 automaker, once 106 Muppet who refers to himself in the third person 107 ‘‘At Last’’ singer James 110 Almond ____ (toffee brand) 111 Computer with a Pro model 114 Ship pest 115 H+ or I117 A ticket may be given for a high one: Abbr. 118 Man’s name derived from the Bible 119 Man’s name derived from the Bible
locals Owners embrace mid-century home
By Erin Elliott Bryan ichele Dupras has always had a passion for architecture and design, as well as mid-century-inspired furniture. So, when her real estate brokerage was contacted to list a custom-built 1960s home for sale in Ishpeming’s Eighth Addition neighborhood, she was excited to check it out. The house had never been on the market. Designed in 1963 by Chicago architect Winston Elting for Dr. Harry Koenig, an Ishpeming ophthalmologist, his wife, Debbie, and their three children, the 4,500-square-foot home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and is nestled on a wooded lot and a half. It was full of unique details.
Stepping inside, Dupras said she felt an “immediate emotional reaction to the design.” “I just knew. I couldn’t sleep that night,” she said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about this house.” Dupras’ real estate partner at the time, who looked at the home with her, told her she needed to buy it. Dupras and her husband, Torrey, together with their three children, were quickly outgrowing their house in Negaunee and she felt this would be a great family home. She knew she needed to convince Torrey to look at it before it went on the market, but he was leaving the next day and would be gone for three weeks. She managed to get him to see the house before his trip and in July 2021,
This mid-century modern home in Ishpeming’s Eighth Addition was built in the 1960s, and had only one owner until recently. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Dupras)
The catwalk and loft are unique features of the home, which has original carpeting that is preserved with a special vacuum. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Dupras)
the Dupras family became only the second owners of what they affectionately call “The Koenig House.” “I want to be a steward to the integrity of the home as it is very special,” Dupras said. “I’m honored to have that role.” Dupras and her family are undertaking a long-term restoration—versus renovation—of the home, choosing to make upgrades based on safety and efficiency without compromising the mid-century modern design. They have repaired everything that was broken or leaking, and have made other improvements, such as encapsulating the crawl space, installing smart outlets and switches, constructing a more functional kitchen island, and replacing copper plumbing. Other projects will come in time. “Everyone wants to make a house their own,” Dupras said. “But I feel the love radiating from this home. It’s a beautiful home to raise kids. It has good energy. I have never experienced anything like it before.” Dupras is chronicling her resto-
ration project on social media, inviting others to “follow along while we restore, design and decorate the mid-century home of our dreams.” Dupras is on Facebook and Instagram: @the_koenig_house. She said the Koenig House is the opposite of the “trendy” look of gray and white. Like a pendulum, she believes design swings from one side to the other, and she is seeing more people embrace elements of the 1960s and ’70s in terms of color and pattern. “I love vintage because pieces have a story, a history,” Dupras said. “I think we’re leaving a period of cookie-cutter design and people connect with that.” Dupras has connected with design all of her life. A native of rural Hermansville, Dupras said she grew up in the woods making things. Her mother was an artist and Dupras graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s of fine arts in ceramics. She owned several smallscale businesses, including Revisions in downtown Marquette, for 15 years.
She is now a realtor with Dupras negotiated to Select Realty. purchase some of the furMany of the handniture and other items in made pieces Dupras sold the home, including the in her store were ceramic original Herman Miller plant hangers. Some of dining set, a custom-made them are now scattered armoire and dresser in the throughout the Koenig primary bedroom, and a House, where her more latch hook art piece that than 200 plants are thrivhangs in one of the living ing in the abundance of areas. natural light that shines in The home is in walking through multi-story windistance of Ishpeming’s Al dows and smaller winQuaal Recreation Area and dows on each side of the the family enjoys a lot of roofline. outdoor activities. Dupras “I am a plant person,” also embraces the secluded Dupras said. “I have a and private lot surrounded passion for plants.” by a mix of cedars, evDupras has an appreergreens and deciduous ciation for the thoughtful The roofline of “The Koenig House” is a defining characteristic of its exterior design; however, it is par- trees—“nature’s curtains” construction and design of tially obscured from the road by the cedar trees that offer privacy (Photo courtesy of Michelle Dupras). as she calls it. the home. She particular“I feel like we live in the ly appreciates that all of the bedrooms, on the first refinished from walnut to cherry), and top-of-the- woods, but also in town,” Dupras said. “We’re surand second levels, are located on the east side of line wool carpeting, green in color, that was from F. rounded by trees.” the home. That means that summer’s late sunsets do Schumacher and Co. in New York City. That was much of the appeal of the original ownnot interfere with the bedtimes of her three children, “That carpet was money well spent; it’s still in ers as well, according to Debbie Koenig, who now Alexandra, 8, Harlow, 6, and Felix, 3. good shape,” Dupras said, adding that it does re- lives with Harry in the Milwaukee area. Some of her favorite features of the home in- quire a special vacuum. “We loved every day we lived in the house,” she clude a brick fireplace, a catwalk extending from Though her husband was originally unsure of the said. “To be able to sit in the living room and look one side of the house to the other on the second lev- carpet, he now embraces it and agrees that it fits the up to the sky, it’s really breathless to feel that you el, an upstairs loft area that Dr. Koenig used as an home. Each of the Koenig children chose the car- live in a house like this.” art studio, an abundance of closets and built-in stor- peting in their bedrooms, which are different colors Koenig said her children created wonderful age, the original kitchen cabinetry (which had been and also original to the house. memories as they were able to open up a door to
go cross-country skiing, snowmobiling or ice skating. The family also enjoyed watching a variety of animals cross through their backyard. At the time they decided to build, the Koenigs were living in Marquette, although Dr. Koenig’s office was located in Ishpeming. The architect, Elting, was recommended to them because he had built two other homes in Marquette and the Koenigs liked his modern, contemporary style. “We loved the open concept,” Debbie Koenig said. “We wanted as much open space as we could get. The living room was completely open, there was no closed feeling about the house.” Debbie took the lead on the design of the kitchen and front entrance, and worked closely with an interior designer on the furnishings. A fire in the 1970s destroyed a portion of the garage as well as part of the deck, the kitchen, the front den and one bathroom. Thankfully, the home was able to be saved—Debbie credits the local fire department, the National Guard, and community members who came to help—and the damaged areas were rebuilt. She wishes the Dupras family much happiness in the home. “We hope that they enjoy it as much as we did, that they love it as much as we did,” Koenig said. “We have won-
derful memories.” Though Dupras never met Harry and Debbie Koenig, she did get to know two of their children, Steven and Karen. She also keeps in touch with the Koenigs’ grandson, Adam, who is a real estate attorney in the Miami area and facilitated the sale of the home. He follows the Instagram account and often shares memories when Dupras posts a new photo. For Dupras, everything about the house comes back to family. “I’m very happy that we’re taking the time and money we have to preserve the house. It’s an adventure. I’m here for it, I’m excited about it,” she said. “We can provide a nice home where we’re all happy and healthy together, and enjoy it while it’s ours— and then it will go to another family when we’re done.” You can join the more than 1,000 people following Dupras’ restoration project of the Koenig House on Facebook and Instagram: @the_koenig_ house. MM About the Author: Erin Elliott Bryan grew up in Ishpeming’s Eighth Addition neighborhood and was MM’s calendar editor from 2001-2005. She is now a freelance writer in the Minneapolis area.
Homeowner and realtor Michelle Dupras fell in love with “The Koenig House” the first time she set foot in the residence. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Dupras).
sporting life Annual ice shows begin March 12
By Ann Dallman he days might be chilly, but that’s just fine for a group of ice-skating enthusiasts in Escanaba—the members of the Escanaba Area Figure Skating Club (EASFC). The group includes about 90 participants ranging from “itty-bitties” (five-years-old and up) through high school seniors, according to Brooke Prins, club president for the past five years. The group is looking forward to its 45th Annual Ice Show, “Dance Party on Ice,” scheduled for March 12 and 13. The event will be held at the Hannahville Ice and Turf Complex (the former Wells Complex), 1647 17.4 Road in Escanaba. Each performance will last about 90 minutes and tickets, priced at $10, will be available at the door. Alicia Trudell, EAFSC secretary, is the show’s director. Sixty-five skaters will participate, including three high school seniors— Allison Korpi, Allison Adamini and Vanessa LaPalm. “We’ll have four soloists, older skaters who have earned that honor through their years in the club and their skill level,” Prins said. “Group numbers are arranged by skill, and ice show performances are pulled together with just four practices. But, for the
season, skaters may work months on their competition or test programs. The people who put it together have done a great job.” As a special showcase, the event will feature guest performances by professional figure skater Angie Vandermissen, professional USFSA judge Christina Vandermissen Balani, and former EAFSC member Taylor Gauthier in a tribute for their mother/ grandmother and former figure skater, Mary Vandermissen, who was instrumental in starting the club. “We’re excited for the upcoming show,” Prins said. “It gets bigger and better every year. We’ve managed to keep kids skating, even during the pandemic.” Prins’ daughter will be among the skating participants. An eighth grader, this will be her ninth show. “I have no personal background in skating,” Prins said. “Everything I know I learned through my daughter and coaches. But, I’ve made amazing friends through this sport and I love watching all the kids skate and achieve their goals!” Enhancing the theme of this year’s show will be a disc jockey booth, silhouettes of dancers and neon lights. Songs were carefully selected to match the theme. “We’re all really excited. It’s a fun
Sixty-five skaters will participate in the upcoming show, which is set for March 12 and 13. (Photo courtesy of Escanaba Area Figure Skating Club)
Skylar Pirlot practices; skaters of all ages are preparing for the upcoming ice show. (Photo courtesy of Escanaba Area Figure Skating Club)
theme,” Trudell said. “I grew up skating at the Wells rink. I skated through my high school years and after graduation, I skated competitively and in ice shows. I took a few years away from skating while my children were young but returned to it once they started skating.” Trudell’s daughters, now ages five and nine, began skating at ages two and four. Started in the 1950s and ’60s, the club was “founded by a group of local skaters, and soon became a member of the United States Figure Skating Association,” according to the club’s website. Members originally skated in the Ruth Butler Building until the Wells Sports Complex was built. “The rest is history,” Prins said. That history includes recruiting members and putting on shows. The EAFSC is a non-profit 501©3 organization dedicated to the promotion of recreational and competitive figure skating. Ice time is typically available from October through March, with a Holiday Exhibition and the Spring Ice Show showcasing the participants’ skills. The organization offers opportunities for young people who enjoy the sport of figure skating. Group lessons are available through its Learnto-Skate USA program. Skaters who want to pursue the sport even further can join the Club, which offers private lessons with a coach of their choice. The coaches act as role model and mentor. They are tasked with setting expectations and seeing to it that each skater maximizes their individual skills. “Certain skaters have a passion for ice skating, and coaching is a good way to stay involved,” Prins said. “Coaches are credentialed through USFSA and only allowed to coach at the level they have themselves achieved.” The Escanaba Area Senior High
School Figure Skating Team, according to the EAFSC website, “is composed of EAFSC skaters who are interested in skating at a high school competition level. The team was sanctioned by Escanaba High School in 2013 and each successive year as a ‘club’ sport. (Sanctioning is an annual requirement to maintain a high school skating team in Michigan.) The high school team is coached by Mary Gauthier.” “Ice skating is great for the kids and its benefits are many,” Prins said. “It offers them something hard to work for and they have to put themselves out there during the exhibitions. Testing offers them the opportunity to advance their skills. It’s all about commitment, hard work and overcoming fears. “We have a great group of parent volunteers. When kids are involved, you want to stay involved.” She said that one of the group’s main goals is to have fun skating. The upcoming ice shows will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The EAFSC website, found at www.eafsc.com, contains a wealth of information and detailed descriptions of its various offerings and functions. The club also may be followed on Facebook. MM About the Author: Ann Dallman loves delving into “the story behind the story” and is a freelance writer for several publications. Her first Middle Grade novel, Cady and the Bear Necklace, received the Historical Society of Michigan State History Award, Midwest Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and was a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist. Her second book in the series, Cady and the Birchbark Box, will be published by LH Press, Inc. in the spring.
The Laurium Manor Inn was built in 1908. (Photo by Sonny Longtine)
Magnificent Mansion: Laurium Manor Inn
By Sonny Longtine ornelia Hoatson was enjoying a pleasant Sunday afternoon ride in Laurium with her husband when they came across an impressive, nearly completed mansion on a nearby street. Cornelia looked longingly at the elegant house. Her husband, Thomas Hoatson, asked her, “Would you like a tour of the home?” Cornelia declined, saying, “It wouldn’t be proper etiquette to barge in, unannounced, into someone’s home even though it wasn’t finished.” Thomas Hoatson then eagerly revealed to her unbelievable delight, that indeed, it was proper because the house was hers as a wedding present. This is how the largest mansion in Western Upper Michigan came into being. It was 1908, and Hoatson was a banking, railroad and mining tycoon. With no expense spared, he built the impressive 13,000-square-foot, 45room, $50,000 home just blocks off what is now Highway US-41 in Laurium. The ten-bedroom manor that once served the Hoatson family is now a premier bed and breakfast. The massive house is reminiscent of a Southern Antebellum mansion. It is a grand example of Neo Classicism architecture. Neo Classicism is from antiquity when prestigious Greek and Roman architecture flourished. Greek design, however, is the primary contributor and the bedrock of Classi-
cism. Evolving, it reappeared as Classical Revival from 1770 to 1830, and again as Neoclassicism from 1895 to 1950. “Neo” simply means new. Architectural styles never disappear; they just reinvent themselves at a later date. Fluted Corinthian columns support a baluster deck on the second floor, while an ornamented cornice with block modillions (flat blocks under the cornice) confers grandness to the pediment and is a primary characteristic of Neo Classicism. A striking pillared porch extends the width of the symmetrical structure. In addition to four enormous primary support columns, there are 13 additional columns that enhance the porch’s elegance. The two-level front portico has a hand-laid porcelain and sandstone (from the nearby Jacobsville Quarry) floor that is 1,000 square feet. A covered automobile shelter (porte-cochère), located on the north side of the house, provides protection from inclement weather. Owners of luxurious homes often added this creature comfort, not only for their benefit, but also for guests and friends. The mansion had many owners over its 100-year existence. In 1949, Maynard R. Hulburt turned the handsome, historic house into a funeral home. Three decades later, in 1979, death came to the Hulburt family when Maynard, in a state of depres-
A massive, elegant portico enhances the manor entrance. The gabled roof is supported by fluted Corinthian columns. (Photo by Sonny Longtine)
sion, killed his wife, Jane, and grandson Tommy. There was speculation that the decline in population in the Copper Country greatly diminished his business, and that he was despondent over his failing funeral home. A close friend of Hulburt said, “He was the most patient, kindhearted man I know. He loved his grandson.” In spite of the loss of business, it was rumored that people from afar requested their funeral take place in the opulent Laurium Manor. The decade from 1979 to 1989 was also a sad one for the manor. During this time, the manor was pillaged for profit by rapacious owners who cared little for the significant home and only wanted money they could extract from it by selling off its most prized antiques: chandeliers and stainedglass windows. David and Julie Sprenger, both Michigan Tech graduates, purchased the home in 1989 with considerable trepidation. The damage was so severe to the interior that they thought it may be beyond repair. However, with their sleeves rolled up, the couple decided to tackle the enormous job and painstakingly pursued restoring the old manor to its original condition.
One task was removing the linoleum and glued-down carpets. When the removal was completed, well-preserved hardwood floors were unveiled. The canvas wall painting and friezes, once cleaned, were restored to their original luster. Unique to the home is the elephant hide wall coverings in the formal dining room. It is doubtful that one could cover their walls with an animal fabric today without eliciting howls of protest by animal rights groups. However, at the turn of the century, this was not considered offensive. After all, the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, plundered Africa’s big game, and prized animal heads became trophies on the walls of his home in Sycamore, New York. The interior of the home is classic Art Nouveau with uncommon shades of green, plum and lavender. While considered garish by today’s standards, the colors were on the cutting edge of interior design at the turn of the century. However, lavender has experienced a rebirth of respectability in the last five years. Beyond the bold colors, Art Nouveau is characterized by the curving, undulating lines that are often referred to as whiplash lines.
Tiffany glass was avant garde at the time, as were stained-glass windows. At the landing on the staircase to the second floor were several very large and impressive stainedglass windows that had been removed by a miserly previous owner. As money became available, the Sprengers began to replace the windows and recruited a skilled local stained-glass artisan to complete the task. Several have already been replaced at a cost of thousands and only a large center window remains to be completed. Hand-painted murals, tiled fireplaces, stainedglass lamps and silver leaf-covered ceilings add to the opulence. It even has a The grand porte-cochére allows vehicles or 1,300-square-foot ballroom a horse carriage entry with some cover from on the third floor; however, the weather. (Photo by Sonny Longtine) it has not experienced light-footed, Manor Inn is to experience what it fox-trotting dancers in years. may have been like to live during the The manor takes on a special Gilded Age, when those with money Christmas charm when the Sprengers could afford to live in the lap of luxuand many of their friends spend an ry. Restoring and preserving the Lauevening lovingly gracing the man- rium Manor Inn not only enhanced the sion with holiday decorations. This building, but became a jewel for the does not go unappreciated by Lauri- city of Laurium. um villagers who stream by the manor In 2021 the Sprengers put the manand admiringly gaze at the enormous or for sale for $3.5 million. It also inwreath and twinkling lights that ele- cludes a historic house nearby. gantly adorn the front porch. MM The affable Sprengers are the perfect hosts for a bed and breakfast About the Author: Sonny Longtine inn. During the early morning hours is a Marquette resident who has pubthey are busy chatting with guests at lished eight books about the Upper the breakfast buffet that Julie makes Peninsula. For more than three deand serves piping hot to apprecia- cades he taught American history and tive boarders. Staying at the Laurium government in Michigan schools.
The light and ceiling surround are Art Nouveau, characterized by flowing lines, floral ornaments and whiplash curves. It was popular from 1880 to 1914. It was considered excessively lavish by many architectural critics, while other said it was artistically elegant. (Photo by Sonny Longtine)
at the table
An advantage of corning your own beef is you can trim it as you prefer. This beautiful brisket, about two pounds, is what resulted when I took nearly a pound of fat off the top and bottom. (Photos by Katherine Larson)
DIY corned beef offers custom results
By Katherine Larson
he arrival of March means, in Marquette, grocery stores filled with hundreds of pounds of corned beef, hundreds of bushels of cabbages and all manner of green-tinted paraphernalia featuring shamrocks and leprechauns. St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the United States, certainly among secular folk. I like corned beef and cabbage. But I also like historical accuracy, and a few words on this point are warranted before we dig into the food. To begin with, the whole conglomeration of St. Paddy’s festivities is largely an American phenomenon, adopted in Ireland only in the last century or so. Why American? Because in the 1700s and, especially, 1800s, hard times in Ireland spawned a great flood of Irish immigrants to North America, and many wanted to remember their homeland and its patron saint as best they could. Notably, their memories did not include corned beef and cabbage. To the contrary, the poverty-stricken Irish who comprised the vast majority of these immigrants had eaten only what was available to them in Ireland: potatoes, with perhaps a sliver or two of bacon to mark a feast. While cows were indeed raised, their meat was used exclusively for export, salted for preservation with chunks of salt the size of corn kernels—hence the name “corned.” Irish peasantry could enjoy only butter and cheese. On their arrival in the United States, however, they found that cabbage was
more affordable than potatoes. As for beef, Irish and Eastern European Jewish immigrants shared the same tenement communities and, as Smithsonian Magazine tells us: “What we think of today as Irish corned beef is actually Jewish corned beef thrown into a pot with cabbage and potatoes. The corned beef…was from brisket, a kosher cut of (tough) meat from the front of the cow…The salting and cooking processes (with many spices) transformed the meat into the extremely tender, flavorful corned beef we know of today.” This Jewish corned beef was far cheaper than pork. Necessity is the mother of invention and, in this case, adoption. The Irish feast changed. As for celebratory parades, they began in the US in the mid-1800s, but did not spread to Ireland until much later; Ireland launched its first official St. Patrick’s Festival in 1996. (Protest
marches on March 17 long predated that. I write here of celebrations.) And parades did not become pervasive even in the United States until enough Irish-Americans managed to eke out enough influence to launch a kind of secular festival which non-Irish found attractive—especially when it came to alcoholic beverages. The booze actually bore a historic connection to Ireland, where Roman Catholics and Anglicans celebrated the saint’s day for which parishes or dioceses often lifted the Lenten ban on liquor for that one day. Sadly, however, in the United States, the flowing of alcohol contributed to negative stereotyping of Irish-Americans, even though plenty of non-Irish drank heavily. Green is a color associated with Ireland’s beautiful landscapes, but also with its troubles. Irish who did not appreciate having been colonized
by England adopted the color as their symbol in the mid-1600s, as did the United Irishmen in the next century. Indeed, throughout most of the twentieth century, green was such a potent symbol of what one side called rebellion and the other side called independence that people in the United Kingdom wore it at their peril. The U.S.-based fad for such things as green beer and dyeing the Chicago River green is far distant from those passions. I’m not qualified to write about beer. Today, however, perhaps the most important signifier of St. Patrick’s Day in the United States is food. Let’s start with corned beef. To the average eater, grocery stores offer two principal alternatives: sliced cooked corned beef in the deli section, and plastic bags filled with large pinkish slabs of meat over by the butcher. I add a third suggestion: buy a piece of fresh brisket and “corn” it yourself. Why bother? To begin with, economy and portion control; you can ask your local butcher (or farmer; Guindon Farms offers a lovely brisket) to cut you a chunk of a size that fits your table and your pocketbook, instead of being stuck with a quantity that might become a burden. Beyond that, health. When you corn the beef yourself, you know what
you’re getting. If you don’t need pink color, you can avoid the commercial sodium nitrites that are included in the plastic bag—their preservative qualities are unnecessary in an age of refrigeration. Also, if the meat comes with a hefty layer of fat, you can remove it to achieve the degree of leanness that you prefer. And, of course, there’s flavor. Just as with health, you know what you’re getting. Do you love garlic? Adore cardamom? Approach coriander warily? You get to choose, and you choose what you like best. But isn’t it hard? Nope—astonishingly easy. All you need is time, mostly spent ignoring the meat. Start five to seven days before you want to eat it. Buy a right-size piece of brisket or other relatively tough cut, say bottom round or rump roast. If that’s a five-pound hunk of meat, the amounts below will work; for a smaller piece, reduce them proportionately. See the chart for specifics. Gather spices according to your taste. Here are some that I like: two teaspoons each of whole allspice berries, whole mustard seeds, whole coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, whole black peppercorns, one teaspoons of whole cloves and four or five whole cardamom pods. Toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat for a min-
Fun With Fractions
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ute or so, then remove from the stove and crush them lightly via mortar and pestle or with a rolling pin on a flat surface. Put these spices in a small bowl and stir in three bay leaves, crumbled, and one teaspoon of ground ginger. Set aside all but two tablespoons of this mix in an airtight container, to use later when you cook the beef. Take the remaining one and a half tablespoons of spice mix and add to two cups of boiling water along with a quarter teaspoon ground cinnamon, four tablespoons brown sugar and 150 grams of coarse kosher salt. Please note, the kind of salt matters. Salts vary hugely in flavor as well as in volumetric equivalents to weight. Avoid table salt or even Morton’s kosher salt, or the beef will be inedible. Instead, use either Diamond Crystal (one cup) or Morton’s Coarse Kosher (three-quarters of a cup)—or, by weight, 150 grams of either. I like to add several cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled. Stir to help the sugar and salt dissolve. Then add six cups of cold water for a total of two quarts, suitably cooled for pickling. Now take your piece of brisket and put it in a zip-locking freezer bag— the two-gallon size should easily accommodate five pounds of meat along with the liquid mixture, and smaller bags work for smaller amounts. Add the spicy liquid, press out as much air as you can, and zip it shut. Lay it flat in a pan in case of leaks and put it in the refrigerator. Leave it alone till the next day, when you’ll flip it once. Leave it alone again till the following day, when you’ll flip it again. Continue, flipping once a day, for a total of five to seven days. Remove the meat from its brine and rinse it off under cool water, then put it into a pot not much larger than the meat. Add enough water, or beer, or mixed water and beer, to cover it by
about an inch; also find your remaining crushed spice mix from a week ago and add that. Bring everything just to a boil, then reduce to a very low simmer and let it barely bubble away, pot covered, for three to four hours. Or, if you have a slow-cooker, put the whole shebang in there and cook it on low for five or six hours. You can also use an oven-safe pot with a lid, in a 250-degree oven for six or seven hours. Whatever your method, test the meat to be sure it’s fork-tender; if it is, you’re all set to go. (If not, keep on cooking, and don’t succumb to the temptation to turn up the heat. Low and slow is the way to go.) Slice it across the grain and serve with horseradish sauce or, for those who prefer, mustard. What about the cabbage? Again, you have plenty of choices. The easiest would be adding wedges of cabbage to the braising liquid for the last hour of stove-top cooking, or from the beginning if using a slow-cooker or the oven. If you don’t care for meatiness in your vegetables, you can braise cabbage wedges separately, or sauté or stir-fry sliced cabbage, maybe with a little onion, for some welcome variation in flavor and texture. Or make cole slaw. You know what you like. All this is delicious. But if you really want to hearken back to old Ireland, go for potatoes with butter or cheese, maybe sparked up with a bit of bacon for the festival. The Irish toast to good health is Sláinte Mhaith, pronounced “slán-cha wáh” reminiscent of the U.P.’s “holy wah.” So, whatever you choose to eat and however you choose to eat it, gather your guests, raise your glass and clink: Sláinte Mhaith! MM About the Author: Katherine Larson is a writer, teacher and former lawyer, with a special passion for food justice.
Local group strives for strong gardens, strong community
By Brad Gischia ing are in the early stages of adopting commitment to allow a couple of the n an icy island in Svalbard, their own seed libraries, and Queen plants you grow “go to seed” so that Norway sits a massive rect- City Seed Library is advising them.” you can “return” seeds to the library. angular building, jutting out Access to the seed library is avail- Contact with seed patrons is mainfrom the stone. Dubbed the “Noah’s able whenever the Peter White Pub- tained through email, along with news Ark” of seed banks, this building lic Library is open. No membership about upcoming events and informahouses more than a million varieties or library card is required, but there tion. of seeds donated by countries from are a few things that need to be done The importance of a seed library is around the world. by people checking seeds out so that found in the foundations of a strong In icy Marquette, on a much small- the library isn’t depleted. There is a community. er scale, there is a similar project that checkout form on which you select “We’re a group of people that feel has been running since 2016. Housed seeds that you want and must make a it’s important for our community to in an antique card catalog increase its food at Peter White Public Lisecurity by helping brary is Marquette’s own citizens to plant garark—the Queen City dens and grow their Seed Library (QCSL). own food,” RiesterAfter a break due to er said. “Ideally, a the pandemic, the licommunity could brary is putting on its 8th produce a great deal Annual Seed Swap on of food, all with free March 26. seeds that the com“The idea of a seed munity produced library grew out of the and replenished year work some of us had after year. It is endone running a seed covironmentally and op several years ago,” economically prusaid Michael Riesterer, dent to try to promember of the Queen duce as much food City Seed Library work locally as possible.” group. “Starting a seed The library has library had been talked many different about at that time, but it types of seeds, from wasn’t until several years greens to tomatoes, later that the library got beans and peas. its start.” You can check out Since then, QCSL has their collection for been slowly but steadily your summer flower growing and is one of beds as well. Each more than 90 seed libraris packed in a small ies in the state of Michiamount and labeled gan. There are well over individually. 200 “seed patrons” now, The seeds choand the library depends sen for the library on 20 to 25 volunteers to are based on the keep it stocked and orgaclimate. Only those nize the seed swap and that are able to other seed-related events. thrive in the Upper The seed library Peninsula’s short generally is for locals growing season and within the Marquette cooler summer are County area, but has selected. QCSL does country-wide potential, not permit any geaccording to Riesterer. netically-modified “We encourage and (GMO) seeds. Over sometimes assist other time, this selection communities with startprocess will result in ing their own seed librar- The Queen City Seed Library is located inside Peter White Pub- seeds that the comies,” he said. “Right now lic Library in Marquette, and is open for business whenever the munity is looking both Gwinn and Ishpem- building is open. (Photos courtesy of Queen City Seed Library) for and that will do
well in U.P. gardens. On Saturday, March 26, the Queen City Seed Library will be hosting its 8th Annual Community Seed Swap at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. The event is open to anyone interested in gardening and self-sustaining food sources. There is no requirement to bring seeds to exchange, but if you do plan on bringing Students use the seed library, logo shown below, some in, be there at 1 located in Peter White Public Library. (Photos courtesy of Queen City Seed Library) p.m., and remember, only bring non-GMO seeds that have Queen City Seed Library is also startbeen open-pollinated. ing a new event called “Germ Fest” in “Open-pollinated seeds reproduce which they’ll have volunteers conduct true to type—the offspring resemble germination testing for the most poptheir parents,” said Abbey Palmer, ular seeds in their library. They will Extension Educator at the Michigan provide materials and information, State University U.P. Research and and each volunteer will receive a free Extension Center. “This is the best QCSL T-shirt. There are also swaps choice for seed saving. This is dif- focused on plants and crops throughferent from hybrid seeds, which can out the year. be the result of two different parent “Helping Queen City Seed Library varieties bred together to form a dis- has offered me a glimpse into the tinct variety; these seeds may or may lives of plants and their relationship not have sterile offspring. Sterile off- to humans over millennia,” Palmer spring would mean no seeds grow said. “Experienced seed savers have within the plants to save. This is the been profoundly generous with their same concept as a mule—the cross knowledge of the garden and in teachbetween a horse and a donkey that is ing others about seed saving. I truly sterile and cannot reproduce. Hybrid enjoy spending time with the seeds seeds may say F1 on the seed pack- and the people I have met through this et. Hybrids are not synonymous with project.” GMO seeds.” For details about the seed swap or Palmer said GMO seeds are owned the Queen City Seed Library, contact by the corporations that created them Riesterer at queencityseedlibrary@ and it would be illegal to save or dis- gmail.com or call (906)369-6839. tribute those seeds. MM “Our community seeks seeds that we can save, share and grow to feed About the Author: Brad Gischia is ourselves and our neighbors,” she a writer and artist native to Upper said. Michigan. He mixes his time between In addition to the Seed Swap, the drawing funny books and writing.
Jeremy Porter is bringing his band, The Tucos, back to Marquette for their first gig in the U.P. in about ten years. The band shown, from left, includes Jake Riley, Gabriel Doman and Porter. (Photo courtesy of Noreen Porter)
Bringing home the music
By Kristy Basolo-Malmsten eremy Porter hasn’t played music in The Queen City for a about decade. Porter, who grew up in Marquette, will bring his Detroit-based band, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos, to perform at the Ore Dock at the end of March. The stop will be part of his tour promoting their new album, Candy Coated Cannonball. “We lived in Harvey,” he said. “I moved away in September of ’88. I went to NMU for a year after high school, and then moved downstate.” Porter spent the ’90s and ’00s fronting bands like SlugBug, The OffRamps and Fidrych, as well as a solo stint. He formed The Tucos in 2009, and they have released four full-length LPs, five 7”s and several contributions to compilations. The Tucos, who describe themselves as “a rock and roll band who sound like guitars and whiskey, hooks and heartache, energy and passion,” have toured the United States and Canada many times. Joining Porter on stage are Gabriel Doman (Hotwalls)
and Bob Moulton (Cactusk) to complete the trio. In 2018, they toured the United Kingdom, playing nine shows in nine nights, including two nights in London. Their hometown venues have made them one of the go-tos for national acts coming through Detroit, opening for Lydia Loveless, Jesse Malin, Supersuckers, Beach Slang, Jesse Dayton, American Aquarium, Deadstring Brothers, Two Cow Garage, Whitey Morgan, LA Witch, Tim Barry, Old Man Markley and many more. “Detroit has a reputation, a big hard rock history—Eminem, White Stripes, Kid Rock,” Porter said. “We’re proud to be a Detroit band, but it’s a bit difficult for us in Detroit because we don’t necessarily fit those molds. We do get some really good shows of all sizes.” Porter said he had a full circle moment in September, when The Tucos opened for Soul Asylum at The Shelter. “That’s one of my favorite bands,” he said. “When I was 17, my friends and I drove to Detroit to see Soul Asy-
lum. It was a really cool thing for me to open for has done six shows since it came out. We usually do age group,” he said. “It was something that a lot of them.” 50 to 100 shows to promote a new record.” the people up there weren’t prepared for. We’d play Despite living in the Detroit area, his U.P. conPorter said every band and venue did the best parties out in Forestville, Trowbridge. People wantnections got him in touch with the Ore Dock to put they could during the pandemic. ed to hear Lynyrd Skynyrd, not the Dead Kennedys. together this hometown gig, which is taking place “There wasn’t a right way or a wrong way,” he We start writing our own songs near the end, as we during the four-day vinyl record show, put on by said. “We’re super proud of the record. There’s that were getting close to being done with high school. his friends. void where we didn’t go out and promote it, but It was around that time that we starting moving “The pop-up record sale is great,” he said. “Geoff we’re hitting the road hard this year. All we can do away from covers; we all realized that writing our (Walker) has a list of mine, and knows some things is be as safe as we can, and play as much as we own music was where the real reward comes from.” I’m looking for. It’s great to be playing while that can. And I need to get these album copies out of my The Regulars formed in the Spring of 1985, when sale is going on.” basement.” John Burke and Jeremy Porter met over a common Jeremy Porter and The Tucos’ latest album, CanA founding member of one of the U.P.’s first love of The Who’s music. With Fritz VanKosky on dy Coated Cannonball, was released in January of punk bands, The Regulars, Porter is no stranger to bass and Tim DeMarte’s vocals, the band learned 2021, which was a hard time for bands, touring and changing times, and adapting to keep his music vi- punk and alternative covers of the day. promotion. able. Playing punk in the U.P. during a strong rock According to The Regulars website, “many flan“It was such a weird time,” he said. “We finished era was a challenge. nel-clad, hunting-cap-wearing swampers laughed recording the album right before the pandemic hit. “We were the first to play that music within our and beat them up, but there were just as many who We figured we’d take a few weeks off—we had 25 tour dates booked—but we’ll be out there in the spring.” By summer, with the pandemic still raging, there still was nothing happening with music venues. “We thought, ‘Should we put this out or wait?’” he said. “We were already writing new songs. COVID is difficult for the bands, but also for the venues. They don’t want patrons to get sick, but they need to make money. It’s so difficult.” Thankfully, people were looking for ways to help artists and musicians during that time, so the record was a success, Porter said. “Touring musicians and music venues had nothing, At left, The Regulars, shortly after inception, pose on Bluff Street in Marquette in 1986, clockwise from top, including and yet the record did real- Fritz Vankosky, Tim Demarte, John Burke and Jeremy Porter. (Photo by Julie Lyons) At right, Porter, Vankosky, Burke and ly well,” he said. “The band Demarte, pose during the four-gig 2012 reunion tour, near the Lower Harbor ore dock. (Photo by James Burke)
Celebrating a decade
n December of 2009, Jeremy Porter and The Tucos played their first show at a non-venue bar in Royal Oak, Michigan on a Sunday night, to a small handful of friends who ventured out in the blizzard of the season for the event. A decade later, in December 2019, they entered the studio to record their fourth album, Candy Coated Cannonball. Three record labels, four bass players, four full-length LPs, five 7” singles, and about 370 shows later, The Tucos are still at it. To mark the occasion and put a cap on what is loosely being called a decade (ok, it’s more like 12 years, but there was a pandemic in there!), the band is releasing a three-CD series to celebrate the accomplishment that not even The Beatles could achieve. The three-CD set includes: • Disc One, Bottled Regrets: The Best of the First Ten Years includes 21 songs, hand picked by Jeremy Porter, including fan-favorites, live staples, and singles. All tracks are remastered from the original final mixes and a couple have never been available digitally. • Disc Two, Castaways: Rarities and B-Sides from the First Ten Years includes 18 demos, outtakes, B-sides, compilation contributions and EP deep cuts, all remastered from originals, several never heard before. There are originals and covers, fully realized and pro-recorded songs and basement recordings never intended for civilian ears. • Disc Three, Patty’s Not Impressed: Live in Toronto captures
actually dug it. Occasionally sandwiching a Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden cover between songs by The Clash, The Replacements, Dead Kennedys, Velvet Underground or Ramones, the swampers were appeased.” Despite a rough start, The Regulars became a mainstay in local music of the time. They even did four reunion shows in the 2000s. Porter’s other bands such as The Offramps, SlugBug and Clashback, have played at venues in the U.P. as well, including UpFront & Company. “I have a long history of playing in Marquette,” he said. “A lot of cities don’t have places like UpFront & Company. That was a blessing to have that atmosphere and sound. It was a really nice medium-sized music venue.” The Tucos expect to bring a variety of sound to the Ore Dock stage during
the band live in Canada on their “Above (and below) the Sweet Line Tour” in 2016 and 2017. The shows were recorded live, edited together and mixed by the band. It’s raw and loud, warts and all, and contains songs from the first three records, some early singles and a couple covers . “This stuff was all just siting there, gathering dust, and we started thinking about it during the lockdown, how to get it out there, let people hear it, and sort of say, ‘hey, this was cool – let’s clean the slate!’ before we get back to the grindstone and start working on the next phase – album five, and a bunch of new songs, stories and adventures,” Porter said. “It was way more time, work and money than expected— isn’t it always?—but I’m glad to see it finally realized.” Compilation artwork illustration was done by original Tucos’ bassist Jason Bowes, and all mastering was done by longtime Tucos’ partner Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs. The compilations will be released by GTG Records on CD individually and as a discounted three-CD set. There will be a limited digital release, with streaming services to follow later in the year. Pre-orders will come with some bonus swag. Release date currently scheduled for March 4, 2022, pending supply chain, workforce, and delivery time issues. Email jer@jeremyportermusic. com or visit www.thetucos.com for details.
this visit. In addition to playing singles from all of their records, they have a catalog of covers, and hope to bring some friends up to sing or play with them. “I still have a lot of close friends in Marquette,” he said. “I love coming home, so it’s great to see those friends and get them up to help us out.” Porter has fond memories of Marquette County, and especially misses the people and the community atmosphere. Despite not visiting the area often, he still has strong bonds from his time in Marquette. “It’s really crazy how many people I am close with from my days in the U.P.,” Porter said. “There are many people I met in the few years I lived up there that I’m still very connected with. That is not a normal thing—it’s unique.” In addition to the people, Porter
said he tries to stop at as many of his favorite places as possible—Portside, Vango’s, the Vierling and Blackrocks, to name a few. “I think Marquette is a great food town,” he said. “When I’m coming up to play, I’m working so I can’t get everywhere I want. I probably won’t get a chance, but we love climbing Hogsback and watching the freighters come in.” Porter said he did the Ore to Shore bike race for many years as well. “This is not just another show for me,” he said. “I still consider Marquette my hometown, and it’s always special when I can come back. When I write, I pull on events and situations from Marquette; that’s always been a part because those were such formative years. I always draw from that creatively.” In addition to the live music offering, Porter will have albums for sale, as well as his new book Rock and Roll Restrooms: A Photographic Memoir. “We started this thing, 17 or 18 years ago, because there was this incredible bathroom at this place in Detroit,” he said. “I put a picture of it on social media, and it kind of exploded.
It’s been going on for so long that I actually put together a coffee table book—some really nice restrooms and some nasty squats.” Jeremy Porter and The Tucos will perform at 8 p.m. on March 25 and 26 at Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette. For more about the band, visit www.thetucos.com MM About the Author: Kristy Basolo-Malmsten has a master’s degree in writing from NMU, has worked for MM for almost two decades and has her own editing and publishing company. Her day job is as senior center director in Negaunee.
Jeremy Porter’s solo album cover photo was taken in the Marquette Senior High School parking lot. He said he draws on events and situations from his time in Marquette, where he spent his formative years, during the creative process of writing songs. (Courtesy of Jeremy Porter)
back then Heroes in Bricks:
Harlow Park Memorial
By Larry Chabot hey lie in neat rows, without regard to rank: captains and privates, chaplains and cooks, sailors and soldiers, draftees and enlisted—more than 2,000 by last count. These are not earthly remains, but tributes etched on memorial bricks at the Veterans Memorial Mall at Harlow Park in Marquette. Many of the honorees are buried in Park Cemetery, just up the hill from the memorial, or Holy Cross Cemetery not far away. The project’s seed was planted when a local veteran wrote a letter to The Mining Journal in 2001 suggesting that the city establish a monument honoring all of the county’s military veterans. The city commission decided against it as a city project, suggesting a community undertaking instead, but thanked the writer for his suggestion. Harlow Park is named for Amos Harlow, descendant of the Puritans and a founder of the city of Marquette in 1849. According to Jerry Irby, Marquette’s mayor at that time of the memorial’s birth, members of the Clark family—descendants of Amos Harlow—were pleased their ancestor’s namesake park would be host such a monument. Harlow himself had donated the land with the stipulation that it be restricted to public use. The memorial was dedicated on Veterans Day in November 2002, to
all county residents who served in the military at any time and in any branch of service. The dedication speaker, Admiral Steven Day, was director of Coast Guard Reserves and a graduate of both Gogebic Community College and Northern Michigan University. In a later re-dedication address, then-mayor Tom Tourville said the freedoms for which the honored men and women served are “precious things, not to be taken for granted. We pledge in our own lives to give to our community as the veterans have to this great nation,” he said. Names on the Bricks he very first name submitted was Staff Sargent Richard E. Lampinen of the U.S. Air Force. Another name on a brick is that of Muriel Bunker, who was celebrating outside the building in France where the World War II surrender was being signed; she had shared her unique story on WNMU-TV’s documentary about World War II. Alice McKinney of Big Bay died in a military plane crash and her brother William was killed in action—the only U.P. brother-sister combination to die in World War II; both have bricks. Brothers Don and John Young lost their lives, as did Major Kip Taylor, who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist plane crash into the Pentagon. Dana Varvil of Iron Moun-
tain escaped from a POW camp in Romania, then returned home to work in a factory making gliders to be used in later invasions in Europe. The names roll on and on. There are bricks honoring the Ishpeming AMVETs post, the Gwinn VFW post, Disabled American Veterans post, Civil War veterans and Marquette West Rotary veterans and the others who served, like a 14-year-old drummer serving in the Civil War. Honored men and women were killed in action, died from other causes, earned a Purple Heart for battle injuries, suffered as prisoners of war, listed as missing in action or are alive today. The dead are buried in cemeteries all over the world. Members of the Memorial Executive Committee all have bricks: Joe Buys, Mike Trickey, Tom Ranta, Jerry Irby, Jim and Dick Constance and Dewey Jones. In the beginning, many residents and veterans provided help and guidance. The City of Marquette has given great support since the inception of the memorial. The memorial honors 32 Civil War men (1861-65), three from the Spanish-American war (1898) and all the others who served in, before or after every war since, whether or not their individual names are shown. Among the honorees are 15 Makis, 18 each of Andersons and Petersons, 20 Smiths and 42 Johnsons.
One brick honors a vet who was gassed by the enemy in World War I, another recognizes Marvin Olson who served in Europe with Elvis Presley, and there’s tribute to a ship: the USS Liberty, which was attacked by Israeli jets in 1967, losing 34 crew members and seeing 171 more injured. Joe Buys is the “brick man.” His website, www.superiorfishing.net, has information on how to apply for a brick, an index of all registered names, photos of the site and of each brick, and a lot of details on this remarkable monument. Printed lists are available at American Legion Post 44 and in a kiosk at the memorial. The site also provides a link to the famous Vietnam Wall. The cutoff date for installing bricks this summer is March 31. And that veteran who wrote the letter that started it all? He was at the dedication ceremony to express his thanks and give out hugs. MM About the Author: Larry Chabot, an Ontonagon native, worked his way through Georgetown University and was then employed at White Pine Copper Company for 32 years, before moving to Marquette with his wife, Betty. He is a freelance writer who has written for several publications, including over 150 articles for Marquette Monthly.
The Harlow Park Veterans Memorial is located on Washington Street near Downtown Marquette, and honors many locals. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Tichelaar)
Digitizing U.P. history
Local researchers donate to preserve print of the past
By Pam Christensen hen asked why the couple is supporting a joint effort by Peter White Public Library and Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives to digitize back issues of The Mining Journal, Diane Kordich and Russell Magnaghi had a variety of answers. Kordich summed up their support by saying, “Our role in the project is purely selfish.” A longtime history professor and author, Magnaghi was completely stumped when asked how many hours he has spent in front of a microfilm reader or paging through old newspapers. “I have no idea how to answer that question,” he said. “It seems like I have spent so much time doing research. It might be easier to estimate just how much time each project has taken. Some take more time than others.” Nevertheless, he and Kordich agree they have both spent untold hours researching old newspapers to piece together history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Those hours have added up to numerous historical projects undertaken by the couple. Not only is Magnaghi regarded as one of the Upper Peninsula’s premier historians, but he has also mentored, encouraged and played a role in the scholarly research of students and colleagues. He personally understands the need for access to historical information and realizes how such access can influence future research. “To me, one of the most important pieces of this project is the fact that the digitized Mining Journals will be accessible to students and researchers around the world,” Magnaghi said. “I know how important that is, because I have been able to use digital copies of newspapers from other U.P. libraries as well as those in other states and countries for my own research.” Kordich said very few people understand the complexity of this project. “We even didn’t realize everything involved,” she said. “Luckily the Pe-
Student assistant Alex Bournonville digitizes the Dobbek negatives for the Ontonagon County Historical Society. (Courtesy of Annika Peterson)
ter White Public Library and Central U.P. Archives staff knew what needed to be done to ensure a quality project that will benefit everyone.” Kordich and Magnaghi agree the project is being steered by two very qualified individuals from Peter White Public Library (PWPL) and NMU Archives staff. Samantha Ashby is reference librarian at PWPL. Prior to coming to Marquette, she served as a digitization services specialist for the Toledo Lucas County library in Ohio. Annika Peterson, digital project manager, is an NMU graduate. She received a master’s degree in history from the University of Rochester and a master’s in library science from
Wayne State University. The Central U.P. and NMU Archives received a $100,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives to produce UPLINK, an electronic repository for Upper Peninsula-related historical items, including maps, oral histories, government documents, newspapers, magazines and photographs. A goal of this grant was to develop U.P.-wide partnerships with heritage organizations, libraries, colleges and universities, genealogy societies and museums. The grant will fund Peterson’s position and student assistants for two
years while they add collections and make them accessible through UPLINK. UPLINK is intended to be a permanent repository governed by an eight-member board of directors that set policies, procedures, guidelines, fees and membership dues for the organization. The Central U.P. and NMU Archives, located in Marquette at NMU, has agreed to serve as the host for the expansive project. Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State University are also serving as “service hubs” for UPLINK. They will be preparing and digitizing their collections and items from their region for inclusion in UPLINK. Many of the U.P. heritage organizations already have a digital presence, says Peterson, whether it be a website or Facebook page. “Our goal is to make these collections more accessible and make people aware of the historical treasures we have in the U.P.,” she said. “When I started with UPLINK, I was amazed at how much historical information has already been collected by our partners.” Organizations across the Upper Peninsula have provided materials for UPLINK and more are expected to join once the site’s development expands and the website gains users. Peterson reminds site visitors that the partners have only been adding materials to the site for the past six months. The team has a backlog of materials that need to be added. Work on the collection started with items that were already digitized and could be easily added to UPLINK. The Copper Range Historical Society Museum and Painesdale Mine & Shaft were early additions to the site, and their materials are already accessible, as are early editions of The Mining Journal. The process of digitizing information so it can be easily used by researchers is much more than scanning an original and posting it online. The team opted to purchase new microfilm reels of The Mining Journal from ProQuest in Ann Arbor. These pristine originals are then
sent to Creekside Digital in Maryland for digitizing. Digitization converts typed, handwritten or other text into encoded characters that can be electronically stored. Digitization produces an exact copy of the source text that uses optical character recognition (OCR) to allow name, subject and keyword searching. Without OCR, the digitized documents are not searchable and not as valuable to researchers. Kordich and Magnaghi have provided funding for the initial purchase of microfilm for the project. They have made a long-term commitment to financially assist the project, and encourage others to contribute to preserve Upper Peninsula history and share it with people around the world. The Mining Journal has a long history in the Upper Peninsula, and Magnaghi says it served as a news source far beyond Marquette. “The Mining Journal actually featured sections devoted to other U.P. cities during the early years,” he said. “They also picked up news stories from other affiliated U.P. newspapers and featured national news as well.” Some digitization projects only convert news article text and not photographs and advertisements. Eliminating the ads and photos reduces the amount of material to be digitized and reduces costs. Magnaghi and Kordich both feel the advertisements are as valuable as are the news stories. Magnaghi recently completed a manuscript focusing on regional foods and restaurants of the U.P., and for this research, advertisements were invaluable. According to UPLINK, the first edition of the weekly Lake Superior News was published from 1860-1862. From 1862-1864, the paper was called the Lake Superior News and Journal. In 1864, the name changed to Lake Superior Mining Journal. From 18861946, the newspaper was called The Daily Mining Journal, finally becoming The Mining Journal in 1946. PWPL has digitized the weeklies
Painesday Mine & Shaft Hoist Operator John Katalin is featured in an oral history preserved on UPLINK.
from 1868-1885 and the daily newspapers from 1901-1924. Materials prior to 1924 are in the public domain and not subject to copyright. Ashby is working with The Mining Journal to secure rights to continue digitization of materials post-1924 to make that accessible to the public as well. “Digitization of The Mining Journal helps the Peter White Public Library and The Mining Journal since it makes the information accessible to people at any time and from anywhere in the world,” Ashby said. “The library receives about 10 reference requests per month from researchers who cannot travel to Marquette. These people would be able to do their own research and not depend on library staff.” Magnaghi is the compiler of Portals of the Past: A Bibliographical and Resource Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This extensive 233-page bibliography, written for the Center for U.P. Studies, was last published in 2017. Magnaghi is currently working on an updated edition. “I find it absolutely amazing that
Digitization of The Mining Journal helps the [library] and The Mining Journal since it makes the information accessible to people at any time and from anywhere in the world.
Portals of the Past is viewed by re- on this valuable process.” searchers, corporations and individuUPLINK can be viewed at uplink. als around the world,” Magnaghi said. nmu.edu. To make a contribution to “We have statistics that show people the project, contact Heather Steltenin Mongolia, Japan and countries pohl, development director, at the Pefrom all over the world and U.S. view ter White Public Library at (906)228Portals. 9510 “To have The Mining Journals digMM itized and accessible to anyone in the world will be an asset. Researchers About the Author: Pam Christensen will no longer have to travel to Mar- moved to Marquette 30 years ago quette to do research. Students from when she accepted the position of liNMU, LSSU and MTU and other col- brary director at Peter White Public leges and universities will have access Library. She served in that post for to this information. There is no limit more than 24 years. Most recently, she to the research that may result from was foundation manager for the West this expanded access.” End Health Foundation, finally hangAshby credits Kordich and Mag- ing up her formal work shoes in May naghi for jump-starting this project 2021. She and her husband Ralph are and having the tenacity to follow in the process of making an off-grid through. cabin in Nisula their second home. “Digitization of The Mining Journal has been a long-time goal of the PWPL staff, but we kept running into roadblocks for the project,” Ashby said. “Without their support and initial funding, this project would have taken many more years. Russ and Diane are providing funding and encouraging others to take part in the project, laying the Diane Kordich and Russell Magnaghi provided fundgroundwork for ing for UPLINK to get off the ground so other recontinued progress searchers can access important local documents.
in the outdoors
Creatures in the snow
“It seems like everything sleeps in winter, but it’s really a time of renewal and reflection.” ―Elizabeth Camden
By Scot Stewart o one expects to see insects flying around when there is snow on the ground. Freezing temperatures are supposed to kill, or at least to slow, exothermic (cold-blooded) animals like mosquitoes, bees and butterflies down to a grinding halt. It is expected that most insects just die when the weather gets cold. For many insects, that is the case. Somehow, though, they must survive in some form in temperate regions where temperatures drop below freezing or figure something else out to repopulate the region when warmer temperatures return. Insects do both. They are one of the most under-appreciated and underestimated groups of living things on the planet. Most are familiar with the fall behavior of monarch butterflies. As the days draw shorter, they begin a trip southward to warmer places. Western monarchs head to southern California and monarchs in the central and eastern parts of the continent head to the mountains of central Mexico for the winter. Their journeys are one of the most amazing of all animals. For those heading to Mexico, it can be more than 2,000 miles on a course they have never traveled before. It takes them over lands where they must find enough nectar to make it all the way to Mexico before fall storms
and freezing temperatures stop them literally dead in their tracks. The flight of monarchs is not the only epic insect migration story. Many other insect species migrate in the fall to the southern United States or Mexico. Because they are small, their passage occurs in small groups, usually unnoticed, and their final destinations do not always produce large groups in one place, so migrations do not get the press coverage the monarchs do. Perhaps the most prolific is the painted lady butterfly, a small orange, white and black butterfly found in most of the Upper Peninsula during the summertime. Rather than trying to manage the winters here, like the monarch, they migrate south. From across the entirety of North America, they fly, often at altitudes up to 30,000 feet, to northwestern Mexico and those in Europe to North Africa. Because of their high-flying flight path, they have gone relatively unnoticed during migration, and initial studies of painted ladies flying from Scandinavia to Africa were the first to reveal their amazing travels, according to C-NET. Occasionally a few can be seen nectaring at Peninsula Point in Delta County as they wait for good conditions to jump the gap over Lake Michigan—between the Point and Door County in Wisconsin—making their way south in the fall. Butterflies are not the only insects that migrate. Some larger dragonflies also move southward as the temperatures drop. Green darners, probably the largest dragonflies in the Upper
Painted ladies migrate south, flying at up to 30,000 feet. (Photo by Scot Stewart)
Some green darner dragonflies do not migrate, but remain in the cold waters of ponds at depths where water don’t freeze. (Photo by Scot Stewart)
Peninsula, migrate to the southern states each fall. There is some radar data that shows large groups of the dragonflies heading south through southern Wisconsin on their way to the Gulf Coast and other regions. Dragonflies develop quickly and spend their adult lives in the south before laying a new set of eggs. This generation will make the flight back north. Some dragonfly eggs hatched in the north will remain in the water all winter and emerge in the spring to hunt the skies here in the Upper Peninsula and will be joined by the migrants heading north. Unlike butterflies and moths who have a four-part life cycle—egg, larvae, pupae and adult—dragonflies and their small cousins the damselflies have a three-part life cycle—egg, nymph and adult. It is a most remarkable life, with the eggs laid in water where the hatchling nymphs ply the waters near the bottom of ponds and lakes, only to emerge one morning, climb a stalk of vegetation, split the back of the hard exoskeleton, crawl out, dry their new skin and pump fluids into a set of four wings. Presto— they fly away. Early attempts to track southward
fall migration using tiny transmitters failed as researchers couldn’t follow their movements after only 80 miles or so. An alternative method of piecing together the starting points of green darners examined the amounts of various isotopes, or atomic forms of oxygen and hydrogen they absorbed in the developing environment in various locations where they developed. Dragonflies collected at a wide variety of locations were examined. What scientists have pieced together is a three-generation system, with the first generation emerging from southern ponds in Florida and the Caribbean where they developed during the winter and head north on the average of 400 miles. Adults lay their eggs in north ponds and die. The second-generation hatches in these water bodies where the immature nymph forms live. They migrate back south, lay their eggs and die. The third generation stays in the south, producing the next generation who in spring head back north again to restart the process and rejoin a hardy part of the green darners that do not migrate, but remain in the cold waters of ponds and lakes in the North to mature. Most insects and other exothermic
animals, though, stay home in winter and must cope with freezing temperatures to last out the winter and make their way back in spring. They develop a number of strategies for surviving through periods of subfreezing temperatures when the water in their bodies could freeze, crystallizing into cell rupturing threats. In the warmer days of winter, when the temperature can sneak up to freezing, several mythical creatures can pop up and begin crawling across the snow. Looking like tiny slate-blue flecks in the snow, small snow fleas can emerge, sometimes by the thousands, to pop around on the top of the snow, especially close to the trunks of trees in the woods Snow fleas are types of arthropods—animals with exoskeletons called springtails belonging to the subclass collembola, ancient relatives of insects. They are among the most numerous of all invertebrates, spending most of their lives living in leaf litter and soil. Totally harmless and only 3/16 of an inch (2mm) long, they avoid both people and pets and are not pests of living plants. They do play a crucial environmental role helping with the decomposition of plant material, enriching the soil for all plants. During the winter, they often emerge from the snow, congregate and may mate during this time. Most return into the surface of the ground, unless there is a rapid drop in temperatures. From eggs laid in early spring, young will develop during the summer to become the next generation. Springtails get their names from a structure located on their underside that angles downward and forward. When disturbed, they will contract structures in their abdomens, snapping the structure downward, giving them their name as they complete a flea-like pop, sending them upwards into the air. Because of their
Winter craneflies spend their cold seasons in caves, hollow logs and other protected areas. (Photo by Scot Stewart)
minute size, it may be the best move they have to get noticed by people. Snow fleas offer some intriguing concepts to the study of cryogenics— freezing things. They produce a protein to prevent water in their bodies from freezing and destroying cells. This protein breaks down with a rise in temperatures. Scientist are exploring the use of similar proteins in organs, like hearts, being transported for transplants. It would allow them to be chilled to lower temperatures to reduce cold damage to them. Since the protein would break down as the operation is completed there would be less complications from rejection due to foreign substances in the organs. “You think winter will never end, and then, when you don’t expect it, when you have almost forgotten it, warmth comes and a different light.” ―Wendell Berry nother surprise bunch of visitors to the sunny-side of the snow is a group called winter crane flies. They also appear so out of place atop the snow on unseasonably warm days
In winter, damselfly nymphs slow to a near stop in the deepest parts of ponds and lakes where water does not freeze. (Photo by Scot Stewart)
during the winter months. Looking like giant mosquitoes, they are harmless and can provide a bit of amusement on a balmy January day as they flutter or crawl atop a melting drift. Winter crane flies are related to other, larger crane flies, those leggy fliers that look like giant mosquitoes, frequently seen around porch lights and hovering near vernal ponds in summer. Adults spend their winters in caves, hollow logs and other small spaces and emerge in warmer weather to join other males in swarms that are frequently joined by females to mate. As temperatures drop, they ease back into their roosts, unless they are snapped up by a hungry bird like a chickadee or nuthatch. There are many insects and other arthropods like spiders that survive in one of their different stages of life by hibernating. Many of them produce chemicals like glycerol or sugar, which essentially function as antifreeze. Insects reduce the amount of water in their bodies in the fall, and with the help of these chemicals eliminate nearly all the damage growing ice crystals can cause their bodies. Some overwinter as eggs. Brown masses of gypsy moth eggs can be found clinging to the bark of host trees each winter as they await the warmth of spring to bring on a hatch. To the south, praying mantis lay they fall eggs in a foamy mass that hardens like fiber glass. Many leaf-eating insects overwinter near the tips of tree branches as caterpillars, creating an important source of food for golden-crowned kinglets, chickadees, white and red-breasted nuthatches and early arriving warblers in spring. For the kinglets, it provides a winter-long food source high in the trees where few other birds compete. Large silk moths, like cecropias, lunas and polyphemus moths over-
winter as pupae in cozy cocoons made of silk. These structures, usually attached to small shrubbery branches are tightly constructed and are nearly impervious to the attacks of woodpeckers and other birds. Many aquatic insects like diving beetle larvae and dragonfly and damselfly nymphs slow to a near stop but move to the deepest parts of ponds and the bottoms of larger lakes where the water does not freeze. There are some vertical migrators, too. They move down into the soil to winter below the frost line, where no antifreeze, no cryoprotectants are needed either. The larvae of other insect types, like June beetles, dive deep to avoid freezing temperatures. “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature― the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ―Rachel Carson ith the first signs of spring, there are butterflies appearing in the Upper Peninsula. The snow may still be on the ground in April, but sure enough, these butterflies appear. Some butterflies overwinter as adults. The most noticeable in those early days of spring are the mourning cloaks. Chocolate brown with blueeyed spots on yellow borders, these monarch-sized butterflies are a welcome announcement of spring. Right behind them are the tortoiseshells. They are among the insects that overwinter here as adults. They are small orange and brown flutter-flies, quick moving butterflies showing bright flashes of oranges and yellows on the drab burnt brown land. Like so much of life on Earth, the strategies of insects and other cold-blooded creatures are as varied, and as wonderfully divergent as the mind can imagine. It is part of a plan to ensure the survival of these animals who must find a way, any way, to outduel the elements and continue their existence in an unforgiving place. It is for us to understand what that means, to be clever, to be engaged and solve life’s challenges. They offer new approaches to the problems faced by all dealing with freezing temperatures, energy savings and how to deal with life in extreme environments. They live at our feet and offer us a world of ideas and solutions. MM
About the Author: Scot Stewart has lived in Marquette long enough to be considered a true Yooper even though he was born in Illinois. He is a teacher and loves to be outdoors photographing and enjoying nature.
Calumet’s Big Green Church offers art classes, handmade local gifts
By Kathleen Carlton Johnson alumet was a thriving city at the turn of the 20th century. It had an amazing opera house that attracted mainline performers, but as time would have it, the arts suffered as mining became less and less supportive of the local economy. In the 1950s, Alden Steck closed his flower shop on Fifth Street at the end of the workday, and taught students drawing and painting in the back of his shop. He was the first art teacher in Calumet. The Calumet area has transformed into a tourist destination in the last several decades, and the diverse economic ventures and the arts are having a comeback. As a result, Calumet has become an art destination for many. To complement this growth in the arts, the Calumet Art Center has become a bright spot for local artists, musicians, crafters and art students. The Calumet Art Center, located in the Big Green Church on Fifth Street, is not hard to find. The former church was built in 1893 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, Ed Gray and a group of volunteers founded the Calumet Art Center in its current location. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves the local art community with classes, lessons, exhibition areas and recital space. The space is offered to the local arts and artists, an undertaking that is a daunting task when one thinks of fuel bills and maintenance of the physical plant. Their mission statement is “to create a safe learning environment where art, culture and history inspire.” The center is led by a board of local artists, artisans and volunteers working very hard to bring the arts to the Calumet area. The board president, Kristy Walden, is an energetic and knowledgeable artist in her own right. She has owned and operated her own galleries, and brings her business skills and artistic abilities to the center. Walden is proud of what has been accomplished by the Center. “Our capital expenditures are looking to expand the building with new classroom space, along with other
The Calumet Art Center, located on Fifth Street in Downtown Calumet, offers a variety of art and music classes and houses a gallery of gifts in its basement. (Photo courtesy of Calumet Art Center)
plans to make the center a very active place for the creative community,” she said. The most exciting places to see local crafts and artwork are in the church’s basement. It is a tasteful and bright area for local artists where their work is displayed and for sale, including both fine arts and crafts. The abstract paintings of Keith Harju and the work of Clyde Mikkola can be found there, as well as the ceramic work of William Thompson and woodwork by Bill Waird. Crafts of different kinds and forms will catch your attention, from jewelry, wood carvings, glass-
work, woven art, quilted textiles to locally themed cards and hand-thrown ceramics. The center is open for visitors to view these treasures. One of the interesting compliments to the visual arts is the developed music program. The Gift of Music and Education Fund provides youth with free music lessons, instruments and afterschool programming. In 2021, 25 local children received guitars and piano lessons free of charge. In addition, they use the church’s upper level for their recitals. This is an active group looking to include violin education in the future. For more in-
formation on this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org Another venture housed in the center is Calumet Hats for Hope, where donated fiber, wool and threads are made into hats for kids and adults who need a hat. Winter can be harsh in the north country, and ladies come to the center to help knit, crochet and make hats given to those in need. If you are interested in helping or have materials to donate, call Sue Peterson at (313)319-4383. The center currently offers broom-making classes, slab-building with clay, winter blacksmithing, stained glass, floral painting and spe-
cial events for kids. For details, search “Calumet Art Center” on Facebook or email info@ calumetartcenter. com In the winter, the Calumet Art Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In May, the hours change to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. MM About the Author: Kathleen Carlton Johnson is an author and former teacher who resides in the Copper Country. Her work has appeared in Aji, Kinder, Phoebe, The U.P. Reader and the Keweenaw Sentinel.
The Big Green Church in Calumet has a gallery and gift shop in its that offers a variety of handmade goods for sale, including pottery, fabric art, paintings and woodwork. (Photos by Kathleen Carlton Johnson)
Bay Cliff Health Camp:
Started with a picnic and a dream
By Larry Chabot once heard a story about a couple who took their son to Bay Cliff Health Camp, hoping the camp could help him. Since the boy was unable to walk, he paddled himself through the gate lying on a flat board with wheels. At the end of the camp season, the parents returned to pick him up. He was nowhere in sight. But they spotted a young man walking their way; maybe he knew something. The boy stopped in front of them, and to their delighted surprise, he smiled and said “Hi Mom, hi Dad.” Stories like that happen all the time, a staffer told me. What kind of place is this Bay Cliff? It came to be through the efforts of two Michigan Children Fund workers, whose paths crossed as they helped needy children and their families in the U.P. They had seen first hand the ravages of the Great Depression on poor and underfed children, and dreamed of a special place just for them. One dreamer was nurse Elba Morse and the other was Dr. Goldie Corneliuson. After attending a meeting in Detroit, they traveled north together, discussing their vision along the way, and imagined the perfect location. One summer day in 1933, they packed a picnic lunch, headed 25 miles north of Marquette to Big Bay, and spread their blanket on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. This was the place they wanted, and it was for sale. Originally called Baycliffs, it was an abandoned dairy farm of 170 acres with a three-story house and several other structures. The asking price was $8,500 ($170,000 today), which was raised through donations for the new Bay Cliff Health Camp. Camp offered lessons on nutrition and health, three meals a day (a first for many kids), fresh air and exercise, the wonderful world of camping, daily fun things to do and the joy of being with kids like themselves. Dr. Goldie planned the program and schedules while Elba collected
Illustration by supplies, recruited and organized a work force, and chose the first campers from nominations from each of the U.P.’s 15 counties. The deciding factor in the selections was usually the most in need of help. The initial group in 1934 consisted of 107 underfed kids. At season’s end, there were tearful goodbyes and promises to meet again as they left Bay Cliff in better shape than when they arrived—thanks to lots of good food and a healthy reg-
Mike McKinney imen with an increasing variety of therapies. Sadly, some returned to homes with erratic eating patterns, dirt floors, no heat or worse. One small lad, dropped off at his home, found to his dismay that his family had moved away and he knew not where. Meet Elba Morse urse Elba Morse had a lifelong career in health care, creating many new programs and facilities. As
she traveled about, seeking funds or other support, her slogan was “It’s for the children, you know.” She had graduated from nursing school in 1909 to become one of Michigan’s first public health nurses. During World War I, she helped the war effort by recruiting nurses for the military. After the war, she survived several shattering experiences, like a cyclone, a flood and a school bombing. While working in the Thumb area as a rural public health nurse, she told author Dixie Franklin she drove an estimated 300,000 miles and went through 19 cars. By 1930, Elba was in the newly created Children’s Fund in Michigan. A year later, it was off to the Northern Michigan Children’s Fund, which she served as superintendent for 22 years. There she encountered Goldie Corneliuson. Just before their dream became a reality, when there were hundreds of details to be finalized, Elba was seriously injured in an automobile accident and was hospitalized for two anxious months. The honors began to pile up for the tireless Elba, like an honorary master of science from the University of Michigan—the only nurse known to have been so honored by the school. Then came a doctor of science degree from Northern Michigan University. She was honored to serve as a Michigan delegate to the 1950 White House conference on Children and was named the state’s Nurse of the Year in 1952. Elba was also the first nurse named to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1965, she retired as the on-site Bay Cliff director and moved to Iron River, where she passed away in 1975 at the Iron County Medical Care at the age of 93. Meet Dr. Goldie hile Dr. Goldie was not an onsite employee of Bay Cliff, she served on the board of directors. Like Elba, she worked for the Michigan
Children’s Fund treating and immunizing needy children. One of her specialties was classes in prenatal and child care, benefiting hundreds of mothers. She was a native of Ishpeming where her family raised six children and owned a bakery. Her travels brought her into contact with a flood of poor, underfed kids, many of whom had never seen a doctor. Described as a “pretty, gentle lady doctor with piercing blue eyes,” she was a graduate of the University of Michigan medical school, with further studies at Columbia University in New York. She arranged her vacations so as to spend summers with the children at Bay Cliff. From her summer home on Drummond Island, she was a great help to the island kids as well. She retired in 1966 after 33 years in public health but continued her visits to Bay Cliff and served on its board of directors. The good doctor died in 1994. Over time, Bay Cliff expanded its specialties to include children with diabetes, polio, and other disabilities. As polio ravaged the nation and jammed hospitals to capacity, Elba Morse sheltered 27 young victims at the camp through the winter of 19401941, many of whom stayed for the summer session for physical therapy. Today, it serves both children and adults as a year-round facility offering more than 30 programs. Among the most popular visitors were auto manufacturer Henry Ford and his wife Clara who were vacationing at their Huron Mountain lodge north of the camp. Ford surprised the staff by accepting an invitation from a camper to attend a dance, and was so taken with the place and its kids that he returned several times a week to other dances and to interact with the campers. Author Dixie Franklin reported that Elba Morse would put her neediest children in front of the crowd when the Fords rolled in. The extent of the Ford generosity is not known, but he did pay for many children to have surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital downstate. He funded the relocation of some families and hired many camper fathers in his factories.
left the camp after seven weeks with better health, more confidence, and increased self-reliance. More than 13,000 children have come through the gate, fully ninety percent of them from the U.P. The more than 7,000 staffers, many of whom return year after year, include well known locals like historian Fred Rydholm, artist Nita Engle and auto dealer Gerald Grunstrom, who later joined the board of directors. The typical camp holds 150 children, with about 40 of them enjoying their first outing. Bay Cliff claims to be the only long-stay therapy summer camp in the country, providing seven weeks of individual therapy for children by licensed, professional therapists. It’s been a model for similar facilities throughout the world. One of its biggest boosts came in 1959 when they enjoyed the proceeds from two showings of the film Anatomy of a Murder, based on a local murder case. Bay Cliff received enough money to keep it in operation for many years. Tributes from families are too numerous to mention, but here are a few of them: “Bay Cliff is such a special place. Everyone there was absolutely wonderful, respectful and kind. The experience left my son noticeably more confident in himself and his abilities.” “My son has been going for four years. It’s the best place in the world. What a mission! What people! What a place!” “Bay Cliff really is a place where dreams come true. I highly recommend it to any parent of a child with special needs. You will be amazed at how much your child can achieve in 7 weeks!!” “It’s a place apart, where dreams come true.” From a camper: “There is a magic to the place even to this day as I look back on my years as a camper.” Bay Cliff is a continuing monument to those long ago dreamers: Elba Morse and Goldie Corneliuson. For more information on the camp, check out the book A Place Apart – The Bay Cliff Story, by Dixie Franklin.
The Bottom Line any children conquered or lessened their disabilities, learning such basic skills as tying a shoe, using a fork or buttoning a shirt. They
About the Author: Larry Chabot has written more than 160 history articles for Marquette Monthly, and for 30 years was on his county’s Bay Cliff committee.
in the outdoors
Salamander migration sparks awareness
By SWP Staff hough it may not feel like it; spring is fast approaching and one creature that will soon be stirring is the elusive blue-spotted salamander (ambystoma laterale). Presque Isle Park in Marquette is home to an isolated population of these colorful salamanders that is estimated to be in the thousands. In the frigid months, these salamanders burrow deep underground, but when the last winter flurries give way to the first sprinkles, these nocturnal amphibians emerge to begin an annual migration from the interior of Presque Isle to nearby vernal ponds and wetlands closer to Lake Superior. Once they successfully reach the breeding grounds, the annual spring mating ritual commences to carry on this colorful species. The blue-spotted salamander is also considered an indicator species that can help to diagnose the health of our local environment. Unfortunately, until recently, hundreds of these intrepid little amphibians, which are three to six inches in length, never completed their migration each year due to car traffic. In 2019, an NMU student, Eli Bieri, documented more than 400 salamanders that were crushed by cars when they were trying to cross a section of Peter White Drive during the migration period inside Presque Isle Park. So, in 2020, the City of Marquette in cooperation with the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), developed a new community program to protect the salamanders, educate park visitors and engage the community in celebrating this unique annual event. First, they closed the road each evening during the migration period (salamanders are nocturnal and usually move in complete darkness). Simply closing the road reduced the salamander mortality rate from over 400 in 2019 to only three confirmed mortalities in 2020. This year the road will be closed to vehicles between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. from March 15 until April 30. Safety protocols when visiting Presque Isle Park during migration time include: parking in designated areas, using a flashlight or a headlamp, staying on the pavement, watching your step, abiding by all park rules, looking but not touching and following “Leave No Trace” principles. Following these simple guidelines will ensure the safe-
ty of both the migrating salamanders and park visitors. It should be noted that some of the worst conditions are some of the best times to witness migrating salamanders—light rain or drizzle, complete darkness and tem-
peratures in the mid-30s to mid-40s. Thanks to the Marquette Office of Arts and Culture, there are now more ways to celebrate salamanders than ever before. Salamander Days is a new community awareness campaign
in cooperation with Superior Watershed Partnership, Peter White Public Library, Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, Moosewood Nature Center and members of the community (special thanks to Dan Barrington and
The blue-spotted salamander is a good indicator species each Spring, and can be seen crossing roads in Presque Isle Park, below, from mid-March through April. The park will be closed from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to protect their migration route. (Photos courtesy of Superior Watershed Partnership)
Elizabeth “Puck” Bates). Salamander Days is a collective effort to educate local residents and visitors about this unique natural phenomena while having fun and promoting environmental stewardship. The Marquette Office of Arts and Culture’s guiding mission for Salamander Days is to celebrate and spread awareness of the blue-spotted salamander and other spring indicator species through educational programming, arts and community engagement throughout the greater Marquette area. Salamander Days events will occur throughout March and April and will include: salamander-themed crafts and activities in the Maker Space in Peter White Public Library; Second Thursday programming of springtime amphibians, frog poetry and salamander painting at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum; educational programming at Moosewood Nature Center; Signs of Spring Art Exhibit hosted at City Hall and Senior Arts April programming through the City of Marquette Office of Arts and Culture; and science programming with the Superior Watershed Partnership. The transition from winter to spring is an inspiring time. It’s a time filled with promises of renewal, growth and brighter days ahead. And what better way to commemorate this ancient spring event than christening a new seasonal beer? David Manson with Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette has plans for supporting Salamander Days. “We at Blackrocks like to utilize our craft to bring awareness to local
events and issues,” Manson said. “We are planning to brew and name a beer this spring to help raise awareness and promote the preservation of the blue-spotted salamander migration.” Entries for the Signs of Spring art exhibit must be ready to hang with
hook and wire; all 2D mediums are welcome. Pieces must be dropped off at Marquette City Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 28. The exhibit will hang from April through mid-June. For specific programming informa-
tion and submission guidelines for the Signs of Spring exhibit, visit the Marquette Compass at www.mqtcompass. com. For questions regarding Salamander Days, email Amelia at email@example.com
Superior Ice-Out Living by the lake, we don’t trust returning birds to tell us winter’s over. We watch the ice and listen. For weeks we’ve heard it whoop and detonate offshore, seen the plates it’s piled into windrows. More docile now, it fractures quietly along its fault lines. Water shows like ink between snow-dusted geometric panels—squares, rectangles, diamonds, trapezoids. Then a wind disturbs the slabs, smudging the neatly ruled lines. We look away, distracted for a moment by less momentous goings-on, then look back to find the landscape rearranged. The sheets are gone, replaced by what? Dragon scales? Acres of honeycomb? Salt craters from a dried-up sea? Freighter pilots call it pancake ice, making of our flesh-numbing lake a flesh-searing griddle. The cakes crunch and jostle, fizz and tinkle, their edges growing rounder as they socialize. That’s our cue to creep from winter houses, to blink in the mid-March sun like hostages released. We walk our dogs and check our mailboxes, bumping into neighbors who look familiar, remembered from another time and place. Our voices sound unnatural when we stop to talk, a bit too loud, as though we’re trying to be heard above the slosh and sizzle of the ice.
About the Author: Milton Bates’s poetry includes the collection Stand Still in the Light and two chapbooks, Always on Fire and As They Were. He was the 2020 recipient of the City of Marquette Art Award for writing. This poem was first published in Always on Fire.
As railroad companies merged, Marquette’s ore docks came under new ownership and bigger docks were needed. In the 1880s, three ore docks operated in the lower harbor. From front to back are the new Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette, Cleveland Dock No. 2 and the Marquette, Houghton & Ontonagon docks. (Photo from the collection of the Marquette Regional History Center)
Life on the Rails
MRHC exhibit focuses on historic impacts of railroads
By Jonny Bahk-Halberg he role railroads have played for more than 170 years in the development of the Marquette region and Upper Peninsula is chronicled in a new exhibit at the Marquette Regional History Center, “Railroads of Marquette County: Yesterday and Today.” “What’s so special about this exhibit?” said Jo Wittler, curator of the history center. “Well, railroading in Marquette County has been a really big part of our local economy, our landscape. It was an employer for a huge amount of people. Our lives have changed so much over the decades. It’s really interesting to remember the hard work that went into this occupation. It was a very real part of our lives and a very dangerous part.” The exhibit features historic railroad artifacts and photos, showing its evolution as a major factor in the region’s economic and cultural development. Starting with horse-drawn tramways hauling ore from the mines, and continuing with steam-powered trains in 1855, then to diesels in the 20th century, the region’s economy humming on train tracks in the 19th and 20th centuries. Where tracks ran, what they carried and their destinations are all part of the exhibit, which offers a look at how working on the railroad has changed over the years and the part it plays in the region today. Hands-on exhibits that offer a glimpse into the past, along with maps, artifacts and photographs tell a fascinating story of a major part of regional history. Iron ore, timber and other valuable resources in the Upper Peninsula traveled by rail from the mines and forests to ore docks and mills in Marquette and other U.P. central locations. There, these raw materials were readied for transport by ships or other trains to mills and foundries across the Great Lakes
Region and beyond. While rail transportation in the region began with carrying ore from the mines, railroads also moved passengers, produce and all kinds of cargo to and from the Upper Peninsula. As mining expanded, so did the number of rail lines, for iron ore, passengers and other freight in and out of Marquette. The railroads connected U.P. residents to neighboring communities and the rest of the country. “There was passenger service; people who used to go down to Chicago by train,” Wittler said. “There are many people still living who remember
riding those trains. There was local service—you could go up to Negaunee and Ishpeming. The farmers down in Skandia could come bring their crops in by the train, the mail came by the train, there were other kinds of freight and goods that came by train. Timber, logging, was a big part, too. I think the LS&I (Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad), about half of their business was timber in a lot of different places in the U.P.” The significance of rail transportation to Marquette and the Upper Peninsula is reflected in this special exhibit, a feature at the history center for a
Both iron ore and later, pellets, needed to be pushed through the pockets of the ore docks, especially in winter. (Photo from the collection of the Marquette Regional History Center)
full year. Railroad tracks running along highways US-41 and M-28 in Marquette County, the Lake Superior shoreline and other busy roads made trains an everyday sight in the region’s past, and several railroad companies were headquartered in Marquette. The danger mentioned by Wittler was mostly faced by workers on U.P. railroads keeping trains running through the north country’s treacherous terrain and extreme weather. “There were a lot of people killed working on the railroads,” she said. In years past, occasional train crashes near Marquette’s harbor startled city residents. A freight train in 1889 sped downhill into Marquette, and ended up overturned at the curve off Front Street with cars piled up behind it. This train wreck killed the engineer and seriously injured the fireman and head brakeman. One vintage photo at the exhibit shows a locomotive that went off the end of Marquette’s ore dock in 1893 being hoisted out of Lake Superior before it was repaired and put back into service. Other train crashes include a 1939 passenger train which plunged into the Spurr River west of Michigamme and two runaway locomotives that barreled through downtown Marquette in 1967 before crashing into boxcars in the south Marquette rail yard, a renovated site now filled with parks, hotels and condominium developments. Marquette’s Front Street has been crossed by rail lines carrying ore to docks in the harbor. Those tracks ran above, below and across the street at different times. And while most of the danger involved those working on the railroads, Wittler said drivers on Marquette’s steep streets faced a few hazards, too. “Someone did tell me a story that in order to avoid hitting the train as they came down Front Street in the winter time, they drove into a building,” Wittler said. “Fortunately they were OK.” Streetcar lines in Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette are another piece of history featured in the exhibit at the history center, as well as local lines connecting the three nearby cities. “For a while you could take the LS&I and I think
Above, this view of a train crossing the busy street is on Front Street in Marquette, looking south. Bottom right, this circa 1900 view from Spring Street looking north on Front Street shows a street car with tracks laid uphill. Streetcars in Marquette are thought to be tied to the purchase of Presque Isle for use as a park. When Presque Isle was acquired by the city in 1880, it was still far from residential districts. (Photo from the collection of the Marquette Regional History Center)
also the DSS&A (Duluth, South Shore & Superior Railroad) between the three cities,” Wittler said. “Over the years, I’ve read many different stories about people…snowshoeing clubs and cross-country skiers, a lot of those groups. There’d be a club for each city and they’d get together once a month or once a season. They’d all ride up and have a big get-together.” It wasn’t only in winter that trains provided Marquette County with local transport options, Wittler said. “They’d come down (to Marquette) and go to Presque Isle,” she said. “Fourth of July everyone would come down to Marquette. People used to take the trains with their bikes and then they’d ride back to Marquette downhill. This is like the early 1900s; there were a lot of...social outings.”
Come to the history center to ring the conductor’s bell and punch your ticket at various “destinations” in the exhibit. Maps show changes from the days of the Iron Mountain railway pulled by horses and oxen that brought iron ore from Negaunee to the Marquette Harbor. “Railroads of Marquette County: Yesterday and Today” runs through February 2023 at the Marquette Regional History Center. For details, visit www.marquettehistory.org MM About the Author: After more than two decades working with universities in Seoul, writer/editor/ teacher Jonny Bahk-Halberg brought his family back to his favorite place in the Western Hemisphere—the shores of Lake Superior.
Historical saga winds tale of two characters
Review by Victor Volkman emboweling is as legendary as his obert Downes’ The Wolf and unmanageability. And so our the Willow is the first book Willow is brought on a journey in his Ojibwe Saga and takes that will inevitably meet up with place between 1525 and 1528, some Wolf somewhere on the vast years after Christopher Columbus continent of America. sailed the ocean blue and Hernán You might think that I have Cortés subsequent exploitation given away too much of the plot, of Mexico in the so-called “New but most of this is established in World.” just the few opening chapters of The Ojibwe Saga provides both the book. The quest of Wolf and the the precision detail of daily life, travails of Willow are legion and character development, and genthey will face starvation and disease erational span that clearly follows while witnessing horrific depredain the steps of the great Ameritions of the conquistadors including can novelist James A. Michener. but not limited to gang rape, mutilaBroadly, The Wolf and the Wiltion, torture, genocide and other unlow follows the historical expespeakable acts. dition of Spanish conquistador The Narváez expedition quickPánfilo de Narváez as he atly gets in over its head after landing tempts to mimic Cortés specin Florida. Needless to say, there are tacular defeat of the Aztecs neither fabulous Aztec pyramids nor and plundering of their riches—this streets paved with gold in the great time in Florida. thunderbird in the swamp that they disappear into. The Swept up in this mayhem are a eyes of the indigenous peomilieu is closest perhaps to Joseph failed Ojibwe medicine man from ple. According Wabeno, the beast will Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness Bahweting (Sault Ste. Marie) named be found somewhere near the far end (on which the 1979 film Apocalypse Wolf, or somewhat ironically “He of the Mississippi river—a journey of Now was based) mashed up with AlWho Outruns Wolves” or An- epic proportion by canoe and portage. exander Henry’s memoir Travels and imi-ma’lignan in his native tongue. Wolf has no choice but to embark, the Adventures in Canada and the Indian The irony results from his aban- obvious alternatives being a quick Territories Between the Years 1760 donment to wolves as an infant after death or a slower death by banish- and 1776. it is determined his clubfoot could not ment. Certainly Narváez is as mad and be corrected. He is rescued and raised The Willow in the story is a beau- cruel as Francis Ford Coppola’s Coloby a village woman who cannot bear tiful, young, mixed-race girl who has nel Kurtz and his single-minded quest children herself and subsequently just reached the age of puberty on the for gold is a flaw of Shakespearean grows into a master of the birchbark coast of Morocco. She has been sold proportions. The despair of this expecanoe and expert fisherman. Howev- into slavery by her parents, a crafty dition to hell is lifted only by the iner, lacking the ability to run, he is still Bedouin camel breeder who is her domitable courage of Willow and the viewed as defective for a warrior and father and an African mother from bravery and cunning of Wolf and the is brought under the wings of the vil- Timbuktu. Years of famine have left mystery of how and where they will lage shamans. the family destitute and this bizarre meet and to what end. Wolf has an eidetic memory for choice is the only one that would preIf you’re in the mood for a historstories and language, which would vent starvation and perhaps a future ical saga that gets into the details of make him the perfect shaman, except for the girl in the household of a less- wilderness survival and indigenous he finds the required performance er sultan Abu bin Nasar. Willow, or cultures of centuries gone by you magic required to be mostly fakery, Safasaf in the Arabic tongue, it seems will find The Wolf and the Willow a for which he has no interest. Wabe- has a special talent in managing her riveting reading experience. Downes no-inini, his shaman mentor, is dis- father’s camels, goats and even an or- readily captures a saga of both everyappointed and sees the opportunity to phaned lion cub. She is swept up by day travails and the larger sweep of turn Wolf into a spy who can travel in Portuguese raiders and sold in a slave history in an accessible, compelling, the guise of a simple trader. auction in Seville. The only thing sav- and colorful page-turner. Soon enough, Wolf is sent on quest ing her from a life of sex trafficking MM of Homeric dimensions—seek out a is when she announces her talent as beast from Wabeno’s visions called a “mother of lions” on the auction About the Author: Victor R. Volkman the “sunktaka” who runs with the block, which piques the interest of the is a graduate of Michigan Technologspeed of an elk and has the hair of a aforementioned Pánfilo de Narváez. ical University (Class of ’86) and is woman at head and tail. I had forgotten The conquistador it seems is in need the current president of the U.P. Pubthat all native North American species of someone to manage the pack of war lishers and Authors Association (UPof equine had died out well before dogs to come on their journey, includ- PAA). He is senior editor at Modern the 16th century and so such a horse ing the notorious mankiller “Drag- History Press and publisher of the would seem as likely as a dragon or a on,” whose skill at maiming and dis- U.P. Reader. Send Upper Peninsulat-related book review suggestions to victor@LHPress.com Books submitted for review can be sent to: MM Book Reviews, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Films with heavy subject matter mellowed by doses of humor
Reviews by Leonard G. Heldreth he films this month are satirical,with a heavy dose of comedy sometimes thrown in.
nyone looking for a challenging account of a wealthy Englishman trying to overcome his personal demons of alcohol and drugs will want to see Patrick Melrose. Based on six popular semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St Aubyn, the five-part series covers a three-generation period in the British upperclass from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Like Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, to which the books make frequent reference, the novels and film search for the turning points in Melrose’s life, such as the sexual abuse perpetrated on him as a small boy by his father, the deliberate neglect of his mother, who devoted herself to helping others by giving away her fortune, and the corruption of the British aristocracy as they partied and drank their way to oblivion. The first episode, “Bad News,” opens with Patrick (Benedict Cumberbatch) answering the phone, a heroine needle in his hand and being told that his father, David (Hugo Weaving), has died and that Patrick must come to New York to pick up the remains. Off he goes, landing in NYC and immediately making contact with his local dealer, Chilly Willy, for drugs. (In the novel Patrick takes the Concord, but the plane was no longer flying when the film was made; nonetheless, he manages to spend by his own estimate, about $10,000 on this funeral trip.) The film has patches of dark humor, such as when Patrick ends up in a Jewish funeral party, and when he tries to kill himself but can’t get the hotel window open. The second episode, “Never Mind,” returns Patrick to England and to heroin-induced flashbacks of summers he spent in France at a villa owned by his mother, who lets a “shaman” and his followers use the place except for one month each summer. During the flashbacks, Patrick remembers how his father molested him regularly starting when he
was eight. In episode three, “Some Hope,” Patrick works with his friend Johnny Hall (Prasanna Puwanarajah), who runs various structured programs, to kick his alcohol and drug habits. It’s 1990, and Patrick is invited to a party that Princess Margaret attends. The party illustrates what a snob Margaret is, as she insults the French ambassador and refuses to speak to the hostess’s daughter, highlighting the treatment children received in this social class (they should be neither seen nor heard). Patrick confesses to Johnny about his father raping him, but swears him to secrecy because everyone thinks so highly of “dear old Dad.” In episode four entitled “Mother’s Milk,” it’s 2003, and Patrick, now sober, supports himself, his wife Mary and their two children, as a lawyer. Patrick’s feelings toward his father and mother are exacerbated by his jealousy of the way his wife treats his own children. His mother, Eleanor (Jennifer Jason Leigh), signs the French villa completely over to the “Foundation,” a shady organization that leaves Patrick disinherited, and he slips back into alcohol and drugs. Episode five, “At Last,” sees Patrick presiding over his mother’s funeral after she drops her plan to commit suicide, but dies anyway. Many familiar faces appear at the funeral, including some comic characters, and the episode ends with Patrick trying to reconcile what people are telling him about his sainted mother with what he knows about her neglect and cruelty. The last scene shows Patrick exiting down a long hall to join his wife and sons for dinner for what seems to be a reconciliation. The film ends with Patrick and his family living on what he can earn; the last novel ends with his inheriting a substantial amount of money from a relative he had forgotten about, with a yearly income of several hundred thousand dollars—take your choice, sad ending or happy ending. In its multi-volume format, huge cast of characters and satire of British society, the novels are very Proustian and often compelling, but it is the acting that brings the film series to life. Benedict Cumberbatch had
wanted to play Patrick Melrose ever since he read the novels, calling them “the most exquisite achievements in 21st-Century prose,” and he co-produced the film. He’s simply excellent as Patrick Melrose, giving one of the best performances of his career. He creates sympathy for the character as he ages from 25 to 45,without his getting buried under the abundance of drugs and alcohol; he also makes the witty dialogue and humorous scenes laughable, and the distinctly British upper class satire remains sharp and brittle without losing the darkness of the situation. Jennifer Jason Leigh creates an Eleanor Melrose who is merciless in her treatment of her son but blind to those who would exploit her finances. As her life winds down and she finds herself abandoned, her existence becomes pathetic. Hugo Black (The Matrix) again makes an excellent villain, but this time in a more subtle vein. He seems like just the sort of aristocratic creep who would molest an eight-year-old as casually as he would older people. Most surprising as an actor is Sebastian Maltz, as a young Patrick who suffers the sexual traumas that seem to set up the older Patrick’s addictions. He brings a personal and wrenching point of view to all the stories of boys abused by the church who are unable to move on. Patrick Melrose is sometimes heavy going as it charts the corruption of the English aristocracy and the cost of sexual abuse, but the acting is superb, and it’s often very witty. It offers a look at a social class we Americans seldom see.
Don’t Look Up
ost science fiction films about the end of the world are not funny. But Don’t Look Up sets out to show how stupid the human race can be. The basic premise is that a comet with a head about the size of Mt. Everest is expected to collide with earth and destroy it in about a month. The first challenge is to get people to believe it. The President of the United States is more concerned with her ratings and her Supreme Court nominee than she is with some silly comet.
The comet is first discovered by a graduate student, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), and her delight turns to fear as her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), confirms her finding that the comet is headed directly to earth. The problem comes when they try to convince NASA, the Pentagon and the White House that something catastrophic is about to happen. (Can anybody say “global warming” or “COVID epidemic”?) Even when the comet is finally visible in the night sky, a substantial part of the world’s population considers it a hoax or a threat that will ultimately miss the earth. In the best traditions of apocalyptic science fiction, the military tries to shoot it down or blow it up, but the solutions don’t work—for one reason, the comet’s head is full of rare metals and no one wants to waste these valuable resources. Director Adam McKay’s plot turns cause you to alternately laugh (with pain) or cry, but the comet isn’t going away, and the inevitable is rushing toward earth, as surely as climate change and other ecological disasters. If you think McKay is going to provide a way out, think again. McKay has enlisted a galaxy of big name stars. The current President, Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep), says she patterned Orlean after a number of recent Presidents, especially those who were most self-absorbed. Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a solid scientist, but he keeps getting distracted by all the
fame and media coverage that come his way. Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett) and Jack Bremmer (Tyler Perry) play newscasters who want to give only good news. Mark Rylance of “Bridge of Spies” plays Peter Isherwood (patterned after certain current billionaires) who plans to use untested nanotechnology developed by his company, BASH, but he has no idea what’s going on. After everything else fails, you get to see a nude Meryl Streep (actually it’s a body double) get decapitated by a feathered dinosaur. Back in the days following the first Star Wars movie, there was a parody that concluded, “You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll kiss six bucks goodbye!” Of course, movies in that Jurassic period were cheaper, and Don’t Look Up is available on Netflix, but the warning is still valid, so be sure to take your handkerchiefs. You may want to weep for a planet with inhabitants such as us. MM About the Author: Leonard Heldreth became interested in films in high school and worked as a movie projectionist in undergraduate and graduate school. His short “Cinema Comment” aired for some years on WNMU-FM. In 1987, he started writing reviews for Marquette Monthly. He taught English and film studies at NMU for over 30 years. Editor’s Note: All films reviewed are available as DVDs or on streaming video. Answers for the New York Times crossword puzzle, located on Page 17.
This coloring page from Colors of Marquette, Michigan Volume 1 is courtesy of The Gathered Earth, located in downtown Marquette.
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• Danú St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The internationally acclaimed traditional Irish ensemble will perform. Youth, $10; adults, $20. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center, MTU. events.mtu.edu
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room,
Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Oil Painting, Pastels and Drawing Classes with Marlene Wood. Bring your own supplies. $20. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 236-1811. • Genealogy Help. Those interested in family history are welcome to work individually with an experienced
geologist. Bring your family documents with you. 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4311. • What’s Up? Astronomy Series. Scott Stobbelaar of the Marquette Astronomical Society will discuss what can be seen in the U.P. skies. 7 p.m. via Zoom. Visit pwpl. info for Zoom link
sunrise 7:28 a.m.; sunset 6:36 p.m.
• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Congregate Meals for Seniors–Dine in or Curbside Pickup. Meals available to those age 60 and older. Call to reserve a meal. $3.50 suggested donation. Noon to 1 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Visual Art Class: Landscape Drawing. Colleen Maki will lead this class for those age 55 and older. Advanced registration required. Marquette City residents, free; nonresidents, $5. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Preschool Creative Movement. Youth age 3 to 5 will explore dance and rhythm while developing large and fine motor skills, coordination and imagination. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323.
• Outword. LGBTQIA youth and allied students in grades 7 to 12 are invited. Masks required. 4 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4321. • League of Women Voters Monthly Membership Meeting. 6 p.m. via Zoom. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link. • La Table Française. French speakers of all abilities are invited for informal conversation and discussions. 7 p.m. Room 311, NMU Library. (906) 227-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Toddler Art. Toddlers, with a guardian, are welcome for creative play activities and music. $5 per child. 9:30 a.m. Bonifas Arts Center, 700 First Avenue South. (906) 786-3833 or bonifasarts.org
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 360-3056. • Walk with a Doc. Join others during this free community walk with a local physician. 6:30 p.m. Southwest entrance, Superior Dome, NMU.
sunrise 7:24 a.m.; sunset 6:39 p.m.
• CopperDog 150 Start. Watch as the 10dog teams start their 122-mile journey. 6 p.m. Downtown. copperdog150.com • CopperDog 80 Start. Watch as the 8-dog teams start their 76.5-mile journey. Starts after the CopperDog 150 start. Downtown. copperdog150.com • CopperDog Fireworks. 8:35 p.m. Downtown. copperdog150.com
• Story Time. Youth are invited for stories, crafts and snacks. 10:30 a.m. Forsyth Township Library, 180 W. Flint St. (906) 346-3433.
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Play Date. Join other families for sledding and free play. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Harlow Park, corner of Seventh and Bluff streets. email@example.com • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020
US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 485-4844. • LEGO Club. Meet other LEGO enthusiasts and build LEGO projects using the library’s LEGO blocks. Masks required. 4 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 2264323.
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• Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Backcountry Ski/Snowshoe. Ski or snowshoe some less traveled areas of the Yellow Dog River Community Forest. Backcountry ski experience is necessary. Bring your own equipment, water and snacks. Donations appreciated. 10:30 a.m. Yellow Dog River Bridge, CR-510. (906) 345-9223 or rochelle@yellowdogwatershed. org
• CopperDog 25 Start. Watch as the 6-dog teams start their 14-mile journey. 2:30 p.m. Downtown. copperdog150.com
• Upper Michigan Ice Racing Association Races. Racers of all ages will compete during more than 20 classes of racing. $5 per carload. Registration, 9:30 a.m. Practice, 10:30 a.m. Noon. Forsyth Township Ball Park, off of Johnson Lake Rd.
• Baby and Toddler Saturday Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for babies and toddlers with an adult. Masks required. 10:30 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. Lessons, 10 a.m. Game, 11:30 a.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod.com or (906) 236-3173. • Chess Club. Youth age 7 to 12 are invited for chess. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Planetarium Show: Laser Pop. Classic pop hits will be heard along with a light show. $10. 7 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org • Planetarium Show: Laser Floyd The Wall. Enjoy classic Pink Floyd and a light show. $10. 8:30 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org
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• Bingo. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. 1 p.m. Ishpeming VFW, 310 Bank St.
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org Copper Dog150 | March 4 to 6| Calumet
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• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Marquette Poets Circle Workshop and Open Mic. Bring copies of a poem, short prose or lyrics to share. Workshop, 6:30 p.m. Open Mic, 7 p.m. Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. • Cool Up Jazz Mardi Gras Concert. Enjoy a night of jazz music. Masks required. 7 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323.
sunrise 7:17 a.m.; sunset 6:44 p.m.
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• Hideaway Bar. - Mondays: The Hideaway All-Stars. 7 p.m. 741 M-35. 346-3178.
• Barrel + Beam. - Saturday, March 5: Heather Evans. - Saturday, the 19th: Ramble Tamble MQT. 260 Northwoods Rd. (906) 273-2559 or barrelandbeam.com • Blackrocks Brewery. - Mondays: Trivia. 7 to 9 p.m. - Wednesdays: Open mic. 6 to 9 p.m. 424 N. Third St. (906) 273-1333 or blackrocksbrewery.com • Drifa Brewing Company. - Mondays: Musicians’ Open Mic. 6 to 8 p.m. - Tuesdays: Bingo. 6 to 8 p.m. - Thursdays: Trivia. 6 to 8 p.m. - Saturday, March 5: Chris Valenti. 6 to 9 p.m. 501 S. Lake St. 273-1300. • Flanigan’s. - Tuesday through Thursday: Karaoke. 9:30 p.m. Cover charge on weekends only. 429 W. Washington St. 228-8865. • Northland Pub. - Thursday, March 17: Chris Valenti. 8 to 11 p.m. Music at 8 p.m. Inside the Landmark Inn. 230 N. Front St. (906) 315-8107. • Ore Dock Brewing Company. - Monday, March 7: Bill Bushart Comedy Night. $10. - Friday, the 11th: John Davey. - Saturday, the 12th: Millenial’s Falcon - Friday, the 18th: Groove MQT. - Saturday, the 19th: Rachel Brooke.
- Thursday, the 24th: Ramble Tamble Album Release. 9 p.m. - Friday, the 25th and Saturday, the 26th: Jeremy Porter and the Tucos. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless noted. 114 W. Spring St. 228-8888. • Rippling River Resort. - Saturday, March 12: Chris Valenti. 6 to 9 p.m. - Saturday, the 19th: Chris Valenti. 6 to 9 p.m. 4321 M-553. (906) 273-2259 or ripplingriverresort.com • Superior Culture. - Thursday, March 3: Electric Words and Music. 7 p.m. - Friday, the 4th: High Wasted Genes. 9 p.m. - Thursday, the 10th: Dylan Trost. 9 p.m. - Friday, the 18th: Rat King Cult. 9 p.m. 713 Third Street. 273-0927 or superiorculturemqt.com • The Fold. - Sundays: Acoustic Jam. 3 to 5 p.m. 1015 N. Third Street, #9. (906) 2268575.
• Pasquali’s Pizza and Pub. - Friday, March 4: Comedy night with Andre Mulligan and Larry Reeb. - Friday, the 18th: Luis Valencia and Jon Houser. Comedy night starts at 8 p.m. $10. 100 Cliff St. (906) 475-4466. • Smarty’s Saloon. - Wednesdays: Karaoke. 8 p.m. - Thursdays: Live acoustic music. 7 to 10 p.m. 212 Iron St. (906) 401-0438. MM
• Move Your Way to a Healthier You. Stephanie Ostrenga Sprague and Amanda Hayward will discuss simple ways to incorporate physical activities into your life. 4:30 p.m. Escanaba Public Library, 400 Ludington St. (906) 789-7323.
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Tasty Reads Book Group. The group will discuss Day of Honey by Annia Ciezadlo. Masks required. Noon. Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Oil Painting, Pastels and Drawing Classes with Marlene Wood. Bring your own supplies. $20. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 236-1811. • Muggles for Potter. Youth in grades 2 and 3 are invited to make Potter-inspired beading pins. Masks required. 4:30 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference. Inperson and virtual events include a rock painting event with Dr. Taimur Cleary, story reading for children and an artist talk with Sawsan AlSaraf. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Locations vary. NMU. nmu.edu/united/ programs • North Country Trail Hikers Chapter Winter General Membership Meeting. A short film will be shown, followed by an update from trail crew leaders. 6 p.m.
Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. • Registration Deadline: Biomimicry from the Eyes of an Artist. See Tuesday the 15th.
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• Yooper Knitz Open Craft Night. Knitters, crocheters and crafters of all abilities are welcome. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stash Crafters Lounge, 113 Cleveland Ave.
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Foot Clinic. This clinic is for people age 55 and older. Appointments necessary. $25. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) Conference. In-person and virtual events include a breakfast, diversity discussions, a lunch lecture and various workshops. Times and locations vary. NMU. nmu.edu/united/ programs • Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Congregate Meals for Seniors–Dine in or Curbside Pickup. Meals available to those age 60 and older. Call to reserve a meal. $3.50 suggested donation. Noon to 1 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Preschool Creative Movement. Youth age 3 to 5 will explore dance and rhythm while developing large and fine motor skills, coordination and imagination. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Junior Teen Advisory Board. Students in grades 5 to 8 are invited to meet new people, plan events and gain volunteer experience. Masks required. 4:15 p.m. Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4321. • The Neuroscience of Pain. Liz Peppin will explain the science behind chronic pain. 5:30 p.m. Shiras Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 3615370. • Michigan Aviation: People and Places that Changed History. Author Barry Levine will discuss human-interest stories from three former Michigan Strategic Air Command Bases – Kincheloe, K.I. Sawyer and Wurtsmith. $5. 6:30 p.m. Via Zoom. Call (906) 226-3571 or visit marquettehistory.org for the Zoom link. • Authors Reading Virtually. Poet Dennis Hinrichsen will read from his new collection Schema Geometrica. 7 p.m. via Zoom. Visit pwpl.info for Zoom link • La Table Française. French speakers of all abilities are invited for informal conversation and discussions. 7 p.m. Room 311, NMU Library. (906) 227-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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art galleries Calumet
• Calumet Art Center. Works by local artists. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 57055 Fifth St. (906) 934-2228. • Copper Country Associated Artist. Works by members and workshop participants in watercolor and oil, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, wood, textile, clay, glass and other media. Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 205 Fifth St. (906) 337-1252 or ccaartists.org • Gallery on 5th. Works by local and regional artists. Days and hours vary. 109 Fifth St. (906) 369-0094.
• EarthWorks Gallery. Featuring Lake Superior-inspired photography by Steve Brimm. Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 216 First St. (910) 319-1650.
• East Ludington Art Gallery. Works by local artists. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1007 Ludington St. (906) 786-0300 or eastludingtongallery.com • William Bonifas Fine Arts Gallery. - Youth in Art, featuring works by Delta County students, will be on display March 3 through 31, with a public reception for students in kindergarten through Grade 5 at 4 p.m. on the 16th, and at 4 p.m. on the 17th for students in grades 6 to 12. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3p.m. 700 First Avenue South. (906) 786-3833 or bonifasarts.org
• Finlandia University Gallery. - International School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibit 2022, featuring works by Finlandia alumni, will be on display through March 16. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. 435 Quincy St. (906) 487-7500. • Kerredge Gallery. - Youth Arts Month, featuring works by local elementary, middle, and high school students, will be on display March 5 through April 2. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy St. (906) 4822333 or coppercountryarts.com • Youth Gallery. - Youth Arts Month, featuring works by local elementary, middle, and high school students, will be on display March 5 through April 2. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Community Arts Center, 126 Quincy St. (906) 4822333 or coppercountryarts.com
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• A-Space Gallery. Featuring works by local, regional and national artists. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 8 p.m. Rozsa Center, 1400 Townsend Dr. mtu.edu/rozsa
• Art—U.P. Style. Art by Carol Papaleo, works by local artists, gifts, classes and more. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 130 W. Washington St. (906) 225-1993. • DeVos Art Museum. - Still Life, featuring works by various artists, will be on display through March 25. - Regional Perspectives by Women Artists, featuring works in various media from the dawn of the 20th century to present, will be on display through June. - The Last Place on Earth, featuring works by Jan Manniko, will be on display through November 15, 2022. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Corner of Seventh and Tracy streets. NMU. (906) 227-1481 or nmu.edu/devos • Graci Gallery. Works by regional and national artists. Featuring fine craft, contemporary art, and jewelry. Thursday
and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, by appointment or chance. 555 E Michigan Street. gracigallery.com • Huron Mountain Club Gallery. - Visualizing Translation: Homeland and Hiemat in Detroit and Dortmund, a traveling exhibit from the University of Michigan, will be on display, through March 26. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 228-0472. • Lake Superior Photo and Gallery. The studio features landscape photographic art by Shawn Malone, including naturescapes of the Lake Superior region. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 211 S. Front St. (906) 2283686 or lakesuperiorphoto.com • Lake Superior Art Association Deo Gallery. - 5 Colors, A Big Maze and a Shape Named Dave, featuring works by Ben Pawlowski, will be on display, March 1 through 31, with a public reception at 6 p.m. on the 10th. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. (continued on page 81) 63)
• Virtual Q&A with U.P. Author Maryka Biaggio. Author Jane Kopecky will discuss her book Eden Waits: A Novel Based on the True Story of Michigan’s Utopian Community, Hiawatha. 7 p.m. EST. Call or email to register. (906) 8753344 or email@example.com
• Toddler Art. Toddlers, with a guardian, are welcome for creative play activities and music. $5 per child. 9:30 a.m. Bonifas Arts Center, 700 First Avenue South. (906) 786-3833 or bonifasarts.org
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. (906) 360-3056 or superiorland_bridge.tripod.com • Afterschool Camp Vibes. Schoolaged youth are invited for group games, activities and crafts. Masks required. 4:30 p.m. Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Second Thursday Creativity Series: March-ing to the Beat. Themed activities and crafts for children will be available. Register online, space is limited. 5:30 to 7 p.m. U.P. Children’s Museum, 123 W. Baraga Ave. (906) 226-3911 or upchildrensmuseum.org • March Night Sky Tour. Explore constellations and planets visible in the March sky. Age 60 and older, free; youth 17 and younger, $2; 18 and older, $3. 6:30 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org • Women in Science. Professor Dr. Cory Toegel will discuss her background, work, and behavioral services for children with autism and training for caregivers. 7 p.m. via Zoom. Visit pwpl.info for Zoom link
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• Story Time. Youth are invited for stories, crafts and snacks. 10:30 a.m. Forsyth Township Library, 180 W. Flint St. (906) 346-3433.
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Play Date. Join other families for sledding and free play. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Harlow Park, corner of Seventh and Bluff streets. firstname.lastname@example.org • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 485-4844. • LEGO Club. Meet other LEGO enthusiasts and build LEGO projects using the library’s LEGO blocks. Masks required. 4 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 2264323. Celebrate the U.P. Livestream: Re-Wild in the U.P. U.P. Poet Laureate M. Bartley Seigiel will open the event, followed by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition annual membership meeting, updates on wolf issues and backpacking videos from the Trap Hills. 5 to 9 p.m. facebook.com/upenvironment/
• Registration Deadline: The Story of a U.P. Entrepreneur. See Friday the 18th.
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• Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon. Skiers can choose between classic or freestyle races, including a 10k, 25k and 50k courses. Prices vary. 7:45 a.m. Swedetown
Trails, Spruce St. greatbearchase.com • Beveled Glass Class. Learn to work with beveled glass. Laura Hamlett will lead the class. Class size is limited. Advanced registration required. $25. 1 p.m. Calumet Art Center, 57055 Fifth St. (906) 934-2228.
• Planetarium Show: Laser Bruno Mars. Enjoy music by Bruno Mars and a light show. $10. 8:30 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org
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• Onagomingkway Chapter of NSDAR Meeting. Questions about genealogy and joining DAR will be answered following the meeting. Noon. Hereford and Hops, 624 Ludington St. (906) 226-7836. • LEGO Club Rebuild 2022. Bring your own LEGOs. 1 p.m. Escanaba Public Library, 400 Ludington St. (906) 789-7323.
• Upper Michigan Ice Racing Association Races. Racers of all ages will compete during more than 20 classes of racing. $5 per carload. Registration, 9:30 a.m. Practice, 10:30 a.m. Noon. Forsyth Township Ball Park, off of Johnson Lake Rd.
• Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants will offer lunch and dinner specials. Prices, times and locations vary. downtownmarquette.org • Celebrate the U.P. Livestream: ReWild in the U.P. Saturday topics include Wolves Re-Wilding in the U.P., Indigenous Treaty Rights, an update on proposed wilderness designations, a remembrance of conservationist Doug Welker and more. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. facebook.com/ upenvironment/ • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. Lessons, 10 a.m. Game, 11:30 a.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod.com or (906) 236-3173. • Baby and Toddler Saturday Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for babies and toddlers with an adult. Masks required. 10:30 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Planetarium Show: Laser Bob Marley. Enjoy Bob Marley hits and a light show. $10. 7 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org • Marquette Symphony Orchestra Concert: Prokofiev & Price. Prices vary. 7:30 p.m. Kaufman Auditorium, 611 N. Front St. nmu. universitytickets.com
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• Red Jacket Jamboree. This old-style radio variety show will feature Lisa and Ingemar Johansson. $25. 7 p.m. Keweenaw Storytelling Center, 215 5th St. redjacketjamboree.com
• Who Gets to Vote? An In-depth Look at U.S. Voting Rights History. As part of the centennial of women’s voting rights, Dr. Faith Morrison will discuss voting rights in the U.S. from the nation’s founding to present day. 10:30 a.m. Via Zoom. https:// us02web.zoom.us/j/9789104627
• Bingo. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. 1 p.m. Ishpeming VFW, 310 Bank St.
sunrise 8:05 a.m.; sunset 7:53 p.m.
• Marquette Symphony Orchestra Piano Recital with Xiaoya Liu. Bay students and youth 18 and younger, $6; adults, $12. 7 p.m. Besse Theater, Bay College. (906) 2174045 or baycollege.tix.com
• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Senior Theatre Experience Monthly Workshop. Those age 55 and older are invited for the monthly workshops and discussions. Advanced registration required. 4 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 2258655.
art galleries Front St. (906) 228-0472. • Peter White Public Library Reception Area Gallery. - Joke’s Somewhere, Maybe Me?, featuring works by Anastasia Greer, will be on display, through April 1. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 228-0472. • The Gallery: A Marquette Artist Collective Project. Works by local and regional artists. Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, (continued from page 62)
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Suite U7, 130 W. Washington St. mqtartistcollective@.org • The Studio Gallery at Presque Isle. Works by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 2905 Lakeshore Blvd. (906) 360-4453. • Wintergreen Hill Gallery and Gifts. Featuring works by local and regional artists. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 810 N. Third St. (906) 2731374. • Zero Degrees Artist Gallery. Welcoming new artists with works in
oils, watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, photography, metals, woods, recycled and fiber arts and much more. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 525 N, Third St. zerodegreesgallery.org or (906) 2283058.
• U.P.-Scale Art. Featuring works by local and regional artists. By appointment. 109 W. Superior Ave. (906) 387-3300 or upscaleart.org
Branstrom creates sculptures with found objects inspired by the land in which the objects were found. By appointment or chance. 10495 South Main Street. (906) 339-1572 or adhocworkshop.com
• Aurelia Studio Pottery. Featuring high fire stoneware, along with functional and sculptural pieces inspired by nature, created by potter and owner Paula Neville. Open by appointment or chance. 3050 E. M-28. (906) 343-6592 or email@example.com
• The adhocWORKshop. Owner Ritch
• Feathers and Gems. Matthew Gavin Frank will read from his book The Flight of the Diamond Smuggles. Masks required. 7 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323.
sunrise 8:03 a.m.; sunset 7:54 p.m.
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Oil Painting, Pastels and Drawing Classes with Marlene Wood. Bring your own supplies. $20. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 236-1811. • Dumbledore’s Army. Students in grades 4 to 6 are invited for Harry Potter crafts, including Potter-inspired beading pins. Masks required. 4:30 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Biomimicry from the Eyes of an Artist. Learn how our perceptions can guide our
interpretations of art and life in general. Register by the 8th. NCLL members, $3; nonmembers, $10. 5:30 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 361-5370. • DocuCinema. The documentary film The Thick Dark Fog will be shown. 7 p.m. George Shiras III Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4322. • NMU Music Scholarship Competition Concert. 7:30 p.m. Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU. nmu.edu
sunrise 8:01 a.m.; sunset 7:55 p.m.
• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Congregate Meals for Seniors–Dine in or Curbside Pickup. Meals available to those age 60 and older. Call to reserve a meal. $3.50 suggested donation. Noon to 1 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Visual Art Class: Landscape Drawing. Colleen Maki will lead this class for those age 55 and older. Advanced registration required. Marquette City residents, free; nonresidents, $5. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Preschool Creative Movement. Youth age 3 to 5 will explore dance and rhythm while developing large and fine motor skills, coordination and imagination. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter
White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Teen Advisory Board. Students in grade 9 to 12 are invited to meet new people, plan activities and gain volunteer experience. Masks required. 4 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Roots Festival St. Urho’s Day Concert. Listen to music performed by Wil Kilpela, Cliff Porter and Conga Se Menne. Masks required. Hiawatha Music Co-op members, $5; nonmembers, $7. 6 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. • La Table Française. French speakers of all abilities are invited for informal conversation and discussions. 7 p.m. Room 311, NMU Library. (906) 227-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org • Registration Deadline: Fun with Photography. See Wednesday the 23rd.
sunrise 7:59 a.m.; sunset 7:57 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day
• Toddler Art. Toddlers, with a guardian, are welcome for creative play activities and music. $5 per child. 9:30 a.m. Bonifas Arts Center, 700 First Avenue South. (906) 786-3833 or bonifasarts.org
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club.
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Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 360-3056. • Afterschool Camp Vibes. Schoolaged youth are invited for group games, activities and crafts. Masks required. 4:30 p.m. Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • STEM Preschool Storytime. Preschool age children with an adult are invited for STEM related stories and hand-on activities. Masks required. 6:15 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Roots Festival St. Patrick’s Day Concert. Listen to music performed by The Knockabouts, and Michael and Erica Waite. Masks required. Hiawatha Music Co-op members, $5; nonmembers, $7. 7:30 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. • Registration Deadline: Facebook Tutorial. See Thursday the 24th.
sunrise 7:57 a.m.; sunset 7:58 p.m.
• Story Time. Youth are invited for stories, crafts and snacks. 10:30 a.m. Forsyth Township Library, 180 W. Flint St. (906) 346-3433.
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Play Date. Join other families for sledding and free play. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Harlow Park, corner of Seventh and Bluff streets. email@example.com • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • DocuCinema Matinee. The documentary film The Thick Dark Fog will be shown. 11 a.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 485-4844. • LEGO Club. Meet other LEGO enthusiasts and build LEGO projects using the library’s LEGO blocks. Masks required. 4 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 2264323. • Siril Concert Series: Invoke. This multi-instrumental band will perform bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and more. NMU students and youth 18 and younger, free; Adults, $12. 7:30 p.m. NMU Recital Hall, NMU. nmu.edu/tickets • Winter Roots Festival Songwriters in the Round. Listen to music performed by John Davey, Lena Maude and Michael Waite. Masks required. Hiawatha Music Co-op members, $5; nonmembers, $7. 7:30 p.m. The Fold, #9, 1015 N. Third St.
• The Story of a U.P. Entrepreneur: Tour of Time Flies Quilt and Sew. Pam
Kauppila will discuss her story and quilts. Register by the 11th. NCLL members, $3; nonmembers, $10. 4 p.m. Time Flies Quilt and Sew, 116 US-41 E. (906) 228-8051.
photographer Kim Marsh will lead this class. Learn photographic techniques, composition and more. Classes meet April 27, May 25 and June 22. Register by the 16th. NCLL members, $12. 11 a.m. Room 404A, Cohodas Hall, NMU. (906) 225-1004. • Congregate Meals for Seniors–Dine in or Curbside Pickup. Meals available to those age 60 and older. Call to reserve a meal. $3.50 suggested donation. Noon to 1 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Preschool Creative Movement. Youth age 3 to 5 will explore dance and rhythm while developing large and fine motor skills, coordination and imagination. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Why? The Untold Story of the BarnesHecker Mine Disaster. James Paquette will discuss the 1926 cave-in at the Barnes-Hecker Mine that took the lives of 51 men. $5. 6 p.m. Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W. Spring St. (906) 226-3571 or marquettehistory.org • La Table Française. French speakers of all abilities are invited for informal conversation and discussions. 7 p.m. Room 311, NMU Library. (906) 227-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org
sunrise 7:55 a.m.; sunset 8:00 p.m.
• INVOKE in Concert. This multiinstrumental band will perform bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and more. Bay College students, free; other students, $6; nonstudents, $12. 7 p.m. Besse Center, Bay College, 2001 Lincoln Rd. (906) 2174045 or baycollege.tix.com
• Polar Plunge 2022. This annual event raises money for Special Olympics of Michigan. Minimum of $100 in donations. Check-in, 11:30 a.m.; Plunge, 1 p.m. Up North Lodge, 215 S. CR-557. polarplungemi.org
• Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert. The Michigan Tech Jazz Ensembles will perform. Youth, $5; adults, $15. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center, MTU. events.mtu.edu
• Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. Lessons, 10 a.m. Game, 11:30 a.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod.com or (906) 236-3173. • Baby and Toddler Saturday Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for babies and toddlers with an adult. Masks required. 10:30 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Chess Club. Youth age 7 to 12 are invited for chess. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Planetarium Show: Laser Prince. Enjoy music by Prince and a light show. $10. 7 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org • Winter Roots Festival. The group Skerryvore will perform Scottish folk-rock music. Masks required. Advanced tickets: NMU students and youth 18 and younger, $10; nonstudents, $15; at the door, NMU students and youth 18 and younger, $12; nonstudents, $17. 7:30 p.m. Forest Roberts Theatre, NMU. nmu.universitytickets.com • Planetarium Show: Laser Lizzo Classic pop hits will be heard along with a light show. $10. 8:30p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org
• Community Seed Swap. Those interested in gardening and growing their own food are invited .10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Suite A, Munising High School Library, 810 M-28 W. (906) 387-2125.
sunrise 7:53 a.m.; sunset 8:01 p.m.
• Bingo. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. 1 p.m. Ishpeming VFW, 310 Bank St.
sunrise 7:46 a.m.; sunset 8:06 p.m. The Barnes-Hecker Mine Disaster | March 23 | Marquette
• Beating the Winter Blues Health Fair. This health fair will feature health screenings, Blender Bikes, a prescription drug take back box, and information from various agencies. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Westwood High School, address. (906) 5239688.
sunrise 7:51 a.m.; sunset 8:02 p.m.
• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Global Geeks Book Club. The group will discuss The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell. Masks required. 6 p.m. Dandelion Cottage Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4312. • Registration Deadline: Tour the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. See Monday the 28th.
sunrise 7:49 a.m.; sunset 8:04 p.m.
• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with
an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Oil Painting, Pastels and Drawing Classes with Marlene Wood. Bring your own supplies. $20. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 236-1811. • Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum 25th Birthday Party. Celebrate the museum’s 25th anniversary with birthdaythemed activities. Time to be announced. U.P. Children’s Museum, 123 W. Baraga Ave. (906) 226-3911 or upchildrensmuseum.org • Artists and Their Art: Andrew Wyeth. Ellen Longsworth will discuss the life and work of renowned painter Andrew Wyeth. 7 p.m. Via Zoom. Visit pwpl.info for Zoom link.
sunrise 7:48 a.m.; sunset 8:05 p.m.
• Yooper Knitz Open Craft Night. Knitters, crocheters and crafters of all abilities are welcome. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Stash Crafters Lounge, 113 Cleveland Ave.
• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Fun with Photography. Professional
• Toddler Art. Toddlers, with a guardian, are welcome for creative play activities and music. $5 per child. 9:30 a.m. Bonifas Arts Center, 700 First Avenue South. (906) 786-3833 or bonifasarts.org
• Registration Deadline: Winter Wrapup Triathlon. Participants must register by 5 p.m. See Saturday the 26th.
• Foot Clinic. This clinic is for people age 55 and older. Appointments necessary. $25. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Vinyl Record Show. New and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books and t-shirts will be available. Noon to 11 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. (906) 373-6183 • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 360-3056. • PWPL Kindness Club. Participate in activities that encourage teambuilding and self-confidence. Masks required. Online registration required. 4:30 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Spring Book Pre-Sale. Shop for books during this pre-sale event. $5. 5 to 8 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 228-9510. • Planetarium Show: Campfire Under the Stars. Young explorers can explore the night sky during this 45-minute show. Youth, $2; adults, $3. 6:30 p.m.
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• Big Bay Lighthouse. The grounds of the 1896 lighthouse are open yearround. 3 Lighthouse Rd. (906) 345-9957.
• International Frisbee Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about the history of Guts Frisbee. Days and hours vary. Open when events are held. Second floor ballroom, Calumet Colosseum, Red Jacket Rd. (906) 281-7625.
• Quincy Mine Hoist and Underground Mine. There are two options for touring the site. On both the surface tour and the full tour, visitors will see the museum, inside the No. 2 Shaft House and the Nordberg Steam Hoist and ride the cog rail tram car to the mine entrance. On the full tour, visitors will take a tractor-pulled wagon into the mine, seven levels underground. Prices, days and hours vary. (906) 482-3101.
• A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. View the largest collection of minerals from the Great Lakes region and the world’s finest collection of Michigan minerals. Exhibits educate visitors on how minerals are formed, fluorescent minerals and minerals from around the world. Prices vary. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1404 E. Sharon Ave. (906) 487-2572 or museum.mtu.edu • Carnegie Museum. Features rotating displays of local history, natural science and culture. The Science Center is dedicated to interactive exhibits about science for kids. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. 105 Huron St. (906) 482-7140 or carnegiekeweenaw.org • MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections. Features a variety of historical memorabilia, highlighting life in the Copper Country. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org • Facebook Tutorial. NMU student Morgan Helmle will lead this class. Bring your laptop or tablet. Register by the 17th. NCLL members, $3; nonmembers, $10. 6:30 p.m. Room 2302, Hedgcock Building, NMU. (734) 646-4443. • NMU Jazz Festival Concert. 7:30 p.m. Reynolds Recital Hall, NMU. nmu.edu
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• Story Time. Youth are invited for stories, crafts and snacks. 10:30 a.m. Forsyth Township Library, 180 W. Flint St. (906) 346-3433.
• Sinkane Concert. Sudanese-American musician, Sinkane, will perform. Youth, $10; adults, $20. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center, MTU. events.mtu.edu
Open by appointment. Lower level of the J.R. Van Pelt Library, MTU. (906) 4873209.
• Ishpeming Area Historical Society Museum. New exhibits include a military exhibit and artifacts from the Elson Estate. Donations appreciated. Days and hours vary. Gossard Building, Suite 303, 308 Cleveland Ave. ishpeminghistory.org • U.S. National Ski Hall & Snowboard Hall of Fame & Museum. The museum features more than 300 Hall of Fame inductees, presented in photographs and biographies, and displays and exhibits of skiing history and equipment, an extensive library, video show, gift shop, special events and more. By appointment only. US-41 and Third St. (906) 485-6323 skihall.com
• K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. The museum promotes and preserves the aviation history the air base brought to the area. Air Force-related materials are on display, including photographs, flags, medals and more. Donations appreciated. Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 402 Third St. (906) 236-3502 or kishamuseum.org
• Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center. - The Seventh Fire: A Decolonizing Experience, a multimedia exhibit, will be on display through April 9. Three separate collections focus on cultural artifacts relating to ethnic, religious and social diversity in the U.P. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. NMU, corner of Seventh Street and Tracy Avenue. (906) 227-3212 or nmu.edu/beaumier
• Spring Book Sale. Shop for books during this annual fundraising event by the Friends of Peter White Public Library. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 228-9510. • Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Winter Play Date. Join other families for sledding and free play. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Harlow Park, corner of Seventh and Bluff streets. email@example.com • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Free Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic. This clinic is free to resident age 55 and older. Appointments necessary. 11 a.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456.
U.S. National Ski Hall & Snowboard Hall of Fame & Museum | Ishpeming
• Marquette Regional History Center. - Railroads of Marquette County: Yesterday and Today, featuring select hands-on elements, as well as maps, artifacts and photographs, will be on display through February 2023. The museum includes interactive displays as well as regional history exhibits. Youth 12 and younger, $2; sudents, $3; seniors, $6; adults, $7. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 145 W. Spring St. (906) 226-3571 or marquettehistory.org • Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. A variety of interactive exhibits offer learning through investigation and creativity. By appointment. 123 W. Baraga Ave. (906) 226-3911 or upchildrenmuseum.org
• Alger County Historical Society • Vinyl Record Show. New and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books and t-shirts will be available. Noon to 11 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. (906) 373-6183 • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 485-4844. • Boat, Sport and RV Show. Shop for boats, campers, motorcyles, bicycles, hunting and fishing equipment and more. Youth five and younger, free; six to 12 and 65 and older, $5; others, $6. 4 to 9 p.m. Superior Dome, NMU. (906) 892-8277. • LEGO Club. Meet other LEGO enthusiasts and build LEGO projects using the library’s LEGO blocks. Masks required. 4 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 2264323. • NMU Jazz Festival Closing Concert. Prices vary. 7:30 p.m. Northern Center, NMU. nmu.edu
Heritage Center. Exhibits include the Grand Island Recreation Area, Munising Woodenware Company, barn building, homemaking, sauna and more. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. 1496 Washington St. (906) 387-4308.
• Michigan Iron Industry Museum. In the forested ravines of the Marquette Iron Range, the museum overlooks the Carp River and the site of the first iron forge in the Lake Superior region. Museum exhibits, audio-visual programs and outdoor interpretive paths depict the large-scale capital and human investment that made Michigan an industrial leader. The museum is one of 10 museums and historic sites administered by the Michigan Historical Center. Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 73 Forge Rd. (906) 475-7857. MM
sunrise 7:42 a.m.; sunset 8:09 p.m.
• Winter Wrap-up Triathlon. Participants will ski 5.4K, bike 10.8k and run 3.8k. Helmets required for biking. Register by the 24th. $20. Race check-in, 8 to 8:40 a.m. Race, 9 a.m. MTU Cross Country Trails, Sharon Avenue at the softball field entrance. (906) 482-2422 or cityofhoughton.com • Vieux Farka Touré Concert. Youth, $10; adults, $20. 7:30 p.m. Rozsa Center, MTU. events.mtu.edu
• Spring Book Sale. Shop for books during this annual fundraising event by the Friends of Peter White Public Library. Books will be 50% off until 1:30 p.m. and a $5 bag sale will follow. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 228-9510. • Boat, Sport and RV Show. Shop for
boats, campers, motorcyles, bicycles, hunting and fishing equipment and more. Youth five and younger, free; six to 12 and 65 and older, $5; others, $6. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Superior Dome, NMU. (906) 8928277. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. Lessons, 10 a.m. Game, 11:30 a.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod.com or (906) 236-3173. • Baby and Toddler Saturday Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for babies and toddlers with an adult. Masks required. 10:30 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • True Potato Seed Workshop. Potato grower Dawn Andersson will lead a workshop to examine the differences and benefits between seed potato versus true potato seeds. 10:30 a.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 360-6839. Vinyl Record Show. New and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books and t-shirts will be available. Noon to 11 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. (906) 373-6183 • Community Seed Swap. Those interested in gardening and growing their own food are invited. 1:30 p.m. Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 360-6839. • Chess Club. Youth age 7 to 12 are invited for chess. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Planetarium Show: Laser Stanger Things. Enjoy music from the ‘80s and soundscapres from Stranger Things during this light show. $10. 7 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave. shirasplanetarium.org
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• Bingo. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. 1 p.m. Ishpeming VFW, 310 Bank St.
• Boat, Sport and RV Show. Shop for boats, campers, motorcyles, bicycles, hunting and fishing equipment and more. Youth five and younger, free; six to 12 and 65 and older, $5; others, $6. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Superior Dome, NMU. (906) 8928277. • Vinyl Record Show. New and used vinyl records, CDs, posters, cassettes, books and t-shirts will be available. Noon to 11 p.m. Ore Dock Brewing Company, 114 W. Spring St. (906) 373-6183.
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• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Tour the Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House. Register by the 21st. NCLL members, $3; nonmembers, $10. 2 p.m. Beacon House, 200 S. Seventh St. (906) 228-8051. • Planetarium Show: Movie and a Star Show. The film Astronomy: 3000 Years of Stargazing will be shown. $15. 6:30 p.m. Shiras Planetarium, 1203 W. Fair Ave.
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• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Preschool Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and school-readiness activities for preschool-aged children with an adult. Masks required. 10:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Oil Painting, Pastels and Drawing Classes with Marlene Wood. Bring your own supplies. $20. 1 to 3 p.m. Marquette Arts and Culture Center, lower level, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 225-8655. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 236-1811.
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• Wonder Babies. Newborns to age 20-months with an adult are invited for songs, rhymes and stories. Masks required. Online registration required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Congregate Meals for Seniors–Dine in or Curbside Pickup. Meals available
to those age 60 and older. Call to reserve a meal. $3.50 suggested donation. Noon to 1 p.m. Marquette Senior Center, 300 W. Spring St. (906) 228-0456. • Preschool Creative Movement. Youth age 3 to 5 will explore dance and rhythm while developing large and fine motor skills, coordination and imagination. Masks required. 2 p.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • La Table Française. French speakers of all abilities are invited for informal conversation and discussions. 7 p.m. Room 311, NMU Library. (906) 227-2648 or firstname.lastname@example.org • Midweek Blues. Enjoy a night of blues music. Masks required. 7 p.m. Community Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323.
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• Toddler Storytime. Stories, songs, rhymes, finger-plays and activities for youth ages 21 to 36-months with an adult. Masks required. 9:45 a.m. Great Room, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. • Superiorland Duplicate Bridge Club. Games open to all interested players. 1 p.m. $5 for games. Westwood Mall, 3020 US-41 West. superiorland_bridge.tripod. com or (906) 360-3056. • Afterschool Camp Vibes. Schoolaged youth are invited for group games, activities and crafts. Masks required. 4:30 p.m. Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St. (906) 226-4323. MM
support groups • Alano Club. Twelve-step recovery meetings daily. Monday through Saturday, noon and 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. 1202 S. Front St., Southgate Plaza, Marquette. • Al-Anon Family Groups. A fellowship offering strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. al-alon.org or (888) 425-2666. • Alcoholics Anonymous. Meetings throughout Marquette County, open daily, at many locations and times. Twenty-four-hour answering service, (800) 605-5043 or aa-marquettecounty. org • ALZConnected. This is a free, online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory loss diseases. alzconnected.org • American Legacy Foundation. Smoking quit line for expectant mothers and cessation information for women. (800) 668-8278. • Amputee Social Group. This peer support group is for amputees, friends and families to share resources, life experiences and create relationships. March 8. 6 p.m. SAIL, 1200 Wright St. (906) 273-2444. • Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Checks. Cholesterol checks are $5. Call for Marquette County schedule. (906) 225-4545.
• Caregiver Support Group— Marquette. All caregivers are welcome. Learn about cyber security tips and information on how to avoid being scammed. March 17. 2 p.m. Mill Creek Community Room, Mill Creek Clubhouse, Windstone Dr. (906) 2257760 or lakesuperiorhospice.org • Divorce Care—Ishpeming. This non-denominational group is for people who are separated or divorced. New members are welcome. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Northiron Church, 910 Palms Ave. (906) 475-6032 or northiron.church • Grief Share—Ishpeming. This nondenominational group is for people dealing with grief and loss. Mondays, 2:30 p.m. Northiron Church, 910 Palms Ave. northiron.church or (906) 4756032. • iCanQuit. Smokers are invited to learn more about quitting with the help of a quitting coach. (800) 480-7848. • Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice Grief Support Group—Gwinn. People dealing with grief and loss are encouraged to attend. Individual grief counseling is available. March 9. 2 p.m. Forsyth Senior Center, 165 Maple St. lakesuperiorhospice.org or (906) 2257760.. • Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice Grief Support Group—Marquette.
People dealing with grief and loss are encouraged to attend. Individual grief counseling is available. March 16. 5:30 p.m. Lake Superior Hospice, 914 W. Baraga Ave., and January 20 at 2 p.m. Mill Creek Community Room, address. lakesuperiorhospice.org or (906) 2257760. • Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice Grief Support Group—Negaunee. People dealing with grief and loss are encouraged to attend. Individual grief counseling is available. March 17. 3 p.m. Negaunee Senior Center, 410 Jackson St. lakesuperiorhospice.org or (906) 4756266. • Michigan Tobacco Quit Line. This free quit smoking coaching hotline provides callers with a personal health coach. (800) 784-8669. • Nar-Anon Meetings. Family and friends who have addicted loved ones are invited. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Mission Covenant Church, 1001 N. Second St. (906) 361-9524. • National Alliance on Mental Illness—Support Group. Individuals living with mental illness and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness are welcome for Zoom meetings. March dates to be announced. 7 p.m. Call (906) 360-7107 or email email@example.com for Zoom
invitation, or namimqt.com • Nicotine Anonymous. (415) 7500328 or www.nicotine-anonymous.org • Sexual Health and Addiction Therapy Group. Call Great Lakes Recovery Centers for more details. Dates, times and locations vary. (906) 228-9696. • SMART Recovery—Calumet. A selfhelp group for alcohol and substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Mondays, 7 p.m. Copper Country Mental Health, 56938 Calumet Avenue. smartrecovery.org • SMART Recovery — Hancock. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Basement Conference Room, Old Main Building, Finlandia University, 601 Quincy St. • SMART Recovery — Marquette. Mondays, Noon. Zoom meeting. Visit smartrecovery.com for Zoom link. • Take Off Pounds Sensibly. This is a non-commercial weight-control support group. Various places and times throughout the U.P. (800) 932-8677. • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program. Clinics include nutritional counseling and coupon pick-up. Appointments required. Call for Marquette County schedule. mqthealth.org or (906) 4757846.