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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 ...

Campers once again ready to rock

HOUGHTON — In 2009, P.J. Olsson was asked to be the main musical act for the Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival, but there was no time to put a band together and he didn’t want to do a solo act, so that is how P.J. Olsson’s Rock Camp came into existence, according to Todd ...

First Friday kicks off big month in art

The Calumet Art District will have 11 gallery openings for this First Friday featuring well-known artists from around the Copper Country and beyond. There will be demonstrations of new and interesting painting techniques at the CCAA and Calumet Floral & Gifts, as well as a fundraiser for ...

For those about to rock, we salute you

HOUGHTON — With PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp marking the halfway point, the budding rockers showed off their skills at the Music in the Streets event Saturday — a three-hour concert in front of 5th and Elm coffee house on main Street in Houghton, showcasing the campers playing dozens of songs in ...

Empty bowls provide food

CALUMET — Empty Bowls is an international project intended to relieve hunger, and locally that effort has been taken up by the Calumet Art Center. Ed Gray, director of the CAC, said this is the second year the CAC has taken part in the Empty Bowls Project. The last time was three years ago, ...

On Erectile Dysfunction, or An Outrageous Lecture

Dr. Brindley’s exposure of a very private part of his body, during a lecture he gave, was daring — some would say outrageous. Years later, physicians still talked about what had happened during that presentation. (It happened in Vegas, but it definitely did not stay in Vegas). One doctor ...

Is surgery something to consider?

The thought of surgery can be very frightening. In fact, most people do almost anything to avoid surgery. They don’t want to deal with the doctor appointments, the bills, time off work, rehab, etc. Let’s not forget about the most common fear: what happens if things don’t get better? For ...

Use It or Lose It: PLDL pays Market Bucks to keep students reading in summer

HOUGHTON — Many teachers, especially elementary school teachers, worry every summer that their students won’t read during vacation, which could lead to what is called the “summer slide,” according to Dillon Geshel. Geshel, director of the Portage Lake District Library, said the summer ...

My Friend Ted

Over the last 11 years I’ve used my public platform of Family Matters to write about many topics from childhood indiscretions, bullying and my family’s ever-changing life. Sadly over these years I’ve written about losses inside and outside of my family, such as Jimmy Rheault, “My Hero ...

Summer on the Farm

Finally – FINALLY – summer has arrived on the farm. Despite the refusal of springtime’s mud to dry up and give way to solid, dry land, the animals have slipped into their summer routines. All except for the geese. Emily and Henry have been atypically polite this past month. Instead ...

Spinning Trend: Is fidget spinner toy or tool?

Fidget spinners, which have been around since 1993, only just recently became popular this spring. Originally designed for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and autism, fidget spinners were meant to be a tool with which one could distract their pent-up ...

Healthy infants, toddlers benefit from 4 parent powers

New parents can become overwhelmed with information. Who do you listen to? What type of parenting style do you try? What baby items do you need? Everybody has an opinion on what you should or should not do in a child’s first three years of life. The good news is you don’t need fancy toys ...

Hodag 2017 in the books

Dragging into work on Tuesday after a week at Hodag was quite the effort. Many hours spent in the sun and fresh air listening to music till the early hours of the morning. It started on Wednesday when we sat in chair line. While in chair line waiting for the colors to be picked, there was a ...

Citizens United decision is reshaping US politics

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (informally known as the “Citizens United” case) is a Supreme Court case that passed 5-4 in 2010. It allows corporations and unions to spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaigns. The ruling on this case is still highly ...