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Better late than never: Hancock man awarded diploma for his service to country

HANCOCK — As a 10th-grade student in 1954, Herbert Marutz thought the Navy sounded more appealing. “I had uncles that served — one in the Army, one in the Navy,” he said. “We'd been talking about it, Korea was just getting ready to end. I wasn't doing well in school - English and ...

Getting healthy: Vegan diets not easy but worth time, effort

HANCOCK — It requires some work, but a healthy vegan diet is doable, local dietitians said. Like a basic vegetarian diet, vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and honey, as well as foods containing them. Like other vegetarian diets, veganism offers health ...

Was a heart attack to blame for Albert?

In a previous episode: Albert was a 32 year old struggling salesman: his dog had died several weeks earlier; he and his girlfriend had just moved into a small rental apartment building; he could never rest because his downstairs neighbor was constantly playing the drums; and suddenly, while he ...

How does the Board of Pharmacy protect the public?

As of June 30, 2017, the Michigan Board of Pharmacy is requiring accreditation and subsequent licensing with regards to sterile compounding. This mandate affects hospitals, infusion centers and compounding pharmacies. The Michigan Board of Pharmacy has a rigid set of standards for compounding ...

The benefits of using essential oils

CHASSELL — Humans have been using extracts from various kinds of vegetation to treat various maladies, and Dr. Kemmy Taylor thinks essential oils are still important for health. Taylor, who is a practicing chiropractor with an office on U.S. 41 north of Chassell, said the quality of ...

Gardening out of love: Club formed to bring gardeners together

HOUGHTON — According to Jeannie DeClerck, the Keweenaw Garden Club is not a club in the traditional sense of the word, since there are no officers and no elections. DeClerck, who is the lead person in the group, said the KGC began in June 2013 after she moved to the area from downstate ...

Eclipse: Moon over my animals

It was Eclipse Day! After all the build-up over this rare solar event, I was looking forward to seeing what kind of impact it would have on the animals. Would the farm grow eerily quiet? Would the animals take the unexpected midday reduction of light as a sign it was time to leave their pasture ...

Fun for all ages: Geocaching has something for everyone

COPPER HARBOR — Naomi Haycock has been geocaching for 11 years, now, ever since she and her husband, Elliot, started organizing a geocaching event at Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor. Geocaching could be called a high-tech scavenger hunt. It involves placing geographic “points” ...

It’s like a Tuesday every day

This past month has been a very difficult month. I'm glad that the Houghton County Fair is this weekend for a much-needed bit of fun after the rather sad and depressing beginning of this month. The first week of August was the moving of my middle child to her new home for the next five years, ...

Breastfeeding can be best option: experts

Although most health-care professionals agree breastfeeding newborn babies and infants is best for the baby, some babies have trouble “latching on” to a nipple, but that’s a problem that can be fairly easily corrected. Jean Ballone, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant ...

Are you what you eat?

Jim takes expressions such as “you are what you eat” literally. In his mind, he sees a vegetarian turning into a broccoli, a pescatarian joining a school of fish, and a carnivore taking the shape of a cow grazing in a vast meadow. I am afraid that in an attempt to remain who he is, Jim will ...

Over 200 beers to be enjoyed at ninth annual Keweenaw Brewfest

HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw County Foundation Keweenaw Brewfest is in its ninth year, and according Jim Vivian, it’s a solid fundraiser for the organization. Vivian, who is KCF executive director, said there will be a lot of beers to choose from at the event. “This year, we’ll have over ...

Godfather of Americana: Bromberg headlining Porkies festival

Folk legend David Bromberg and his band will play for the first time in the Upper Peninsula as the headliners of this weekend's 13th annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival. Called the godfather of Americana, the 71-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter has been honing his ...

Making History: Time Traveler project documents Copper Country’s past

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — History is not made until it is written down or recorded in some way, such as a photograph, and the purpose of the Keweenaw Time Traveler is to help people preserve their personal historic items. At a June launch party for the program, Don Lafreniere, Michigan ...

Favorite foods are Mich.-made

It’s almost midnight. and my house it totally quiet. Kids are in bed. The pug has worn herself out and is quietly sleeping on the living room floor. I have not eaten all day — and I am blissfully enjoying a “Mom snack,” something I saved, hidden in the back of the fridge. I didn’t ...

We mix up family members’ names out of love

When searching to say your name in a crunch, does someone you know run through a list of names, sometimes even the family dogs, before they retrieve the correct one? Perhaps you have done this yourself. Don’t worry. This doesn’t mean you are losing it. It does not mean your memory is poor ...

Copper Props Fly-In: Keweenaw EEA holds fifth-year event next Saturday

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — The Houghton County Memorial Airport will be busier than usual Aug. 12 as the Copper Props Fly-In takes place. Henry Nordsiek, organizer of the event for the Keweenaw Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA) Chapter 1270, said this is the fifth time the event has taken ...

Farm population goes up, maybe even more

Uh-oh. Last week after years without having any rabbits on the farm, when a neighbor needed to re-home a few, I decided to take the two females, flower beds be damned. They are beautiful creatures, one all white and the other pure black. The grandchildren have variously named them Ebony and ...

Project HOPE: Teen emergency shelter is available in Hancock

HANCOCK — It sometimes happens a teen ends up not living at home, either because of conflicts with the family, or unexpected homelessness, and Project HOPE is intended to fill the teen’s need for shelter, according to Tom Cowan. Cowan is the youth outreach specialist for Child and Family ...

Medical presentation proves erectile dysfunction is physical condition

In my previous column I wrote about Dr. Brindley’s exposure of a very private part of his body during a lecture he gave in Vegas. I said it was daring, perhaps outrageous. I did not reveal the details of the event, but I did divulge that Dr. Brindley was introducing a new treatment for ...