Press Release

Oct. 16, 2017

Friends of the Land of Keweenaw annual meeting

Friends of the Land of Keweenaw release

BARAGA – The Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) will hold its annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ojibwa Senior Citizens Building

Nancy Langston will discuss her new book, “Sustaining Lake Superior.” Copies will be available for sale at the meeting. Proceeds will be donated to FOLK .

CCCTU Public Presentation

CCCTU release

The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CCCTU) is sponsoring a public presentation by Danielle Shannon titled “Helping Forested Watersheds Cope with Climate Change – Exploring the Link between Forests and Fish.” Her talk will take place on Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 pm in Room 202 of the Great Lakes Research Center on the Michigan Tech Campus. The GLRC is located on Phoenix Drive, on the waterfront. There is free parking in front of the building.

Invest UP Names Director

Invest UP release

MARQUETTE – Invest UP, the Upper Peninsula-wide economic development initiative, has a leader. U.P. native Joan Kimball will head the group as its newly appointed Executive Director.

Invest UP is a privately funded economic development group focused on reinvigorating the U.P.’s economy through business attraction and business development, and talent development, recruitment and retention.

Kimball, a Laurium native and a graduate of both Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University, was selected recently as the initiative’s first director. Kimball brings with her more than two decades of global business development experience in both the public and private sectors.

“From the very first, Invest UP’s founders set a goal of attracting world-class talent to lead the organization,” said Robert Mahaney, an Invest UP founding member. “The hiring of Joan fulfills that goal. We are delighted to have a proven professional of her caliber driving the organization’s future. Her wealth of talents, past successes, and international relationships will play a large part in enabling the Upper Peninsula to achieve its full economic potential.”

Kimball graduated from NMU in 1988, earning her BA in French and Spanish. While attending NMU, she helped pioneer the school’s study abroad program studying in both France and Spain. Following her NMU commencement, she parlayed her language skills into what would become a successful career in international business in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; honing her expertise in business development, strategic partnerships, market expansion, networking, and research through an array of diverse positions with employers ranging from power protection giant Tripp Lite Manufacturing to the Government of Quebec’s Economic Development Team. Kimball has also been on the entrepreneurial side as a partner in a successful beauty industry business in Chicago.

“No matter how far I have travelled in my career, I’ve always had an affinity to the U.P.,” Kimball said. “I am so pleased to be able to contribute my professional experience and knowledge to give back to a place that I credit for the success I’ve enjoyed in my career.”

Kimball anticipates it will take a full year of ground work before Invest UP will begin to make an impact. She will spend her first year creating a strategic plan in concert with Invest UP’s Board of Directors. Much of her time will be spent meeting people and businesses and collaborating with other Economic Development Corporations across the Upper Peninsula while moving the organization toward its goals of attracting business, employee retention, and marketing a positive business image of the Upper Peninsula. She hopes to attract and bring home many of the other U.P. natives and graduates that have taken their talents elsewhere but would have a great interest in returning or contributing back to the growth of the region.

“We have some extraordinary people from the U.P. who’ve gone on to do great things,” Kimball said.

How does she see the work ahead of her?

“It is going to be a multi-year process to start. There is much to do. We are building something new, a UP-wide initiative that will speak to the outside business world in a way that will inspire them to invest in our communities. Invest UP is looking forward to working with local businesses and the organizations representing them across the Upper Peninsula, in a focused and customized approach, one that is tailored to the growth needs and attributes of each region of the Upper Peninsula. We are seeking UP-wide collaboration, sort of a Team UP, where every individual plays a critical role in our success as a whole. The pay-off in the long-term will be well worth our efforts and patience. I see a bright future for the entire Upper Peninsula, one day at a time.”

North Woods Conservancy Announces the Winners of Its 3rd Annual Photo Contest

North Woods Conservancy release

The 2017 winners of the North Woods Conservancy’s “Get to Know the North Woods” photo contest for non-professional photographers have been selected, using a double blind judging process:

• 1st Place: Red Rock, Blue Sky, Seven Mile Point by Dennis Hake

• 2nd Place: Superior Beef by Bob Vogt

• 3rd Place: A Lady’s Best Friend by Bob Vogt

• Honorary: Lightning Strikes Superior by Jenny Rock

• Hon. Runner Up 1: Reflection of the Northwoods in Gratiot River by Bob Vogt

• Hon. Runner Up 2: Jumping into the Sunset by Claire Haapala

The volunteer judge this year was Paul Grathoff of North End Framing in Calumet. In his early career, Paul was a professional photographer for the Associated Press as well as free-lanced for The National Wildlife Federation, among other organizations.

The winning photos are featured in an exhibit at Copper Country Associated Artists in Calumet. The exhibit is scheduled to open October 19 and includes a digital presentation of all photos submitted. Photos can also be viewed online at:

Verna Mize, Copper Country Native, To Be Inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame

Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame release

On October 18, Verna Grahek Mize (1913-2013) will join ten other inductees to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Born in Houghton and raised in Calumet, Ms. Mize had great affection for the natural environment around Lake Superior. She took action to help halt Reserve Mining Company’s dumping of tons of taconite tailings into the Big Lake. Petition drives alerted policy makers, legislators, and judicial leaders to the potential damage to the world’s third largest supply of fresh water.

Many believed that no damage would be done by disposing waste products in the Lake. The Lake, they thought, would clear itself quickly. In fact, an average drop of water remains in the Lake for 191 years. Water impacted by the tailings in 1967 has been around for 50 years and has almost another century and a half to clear.

Verna Mize recognized a need to halt a threat to the Lake Superior basin. Six years of petition drives, thousands of letters, contact with Federal legislators and, at last, action by the newly established Environmental Protection Agency resulted in an order by Federal Judge Miles Lord to halt the discharge.

Reserve Mining Company appealed and continued the dumping. Verna Mize also continued her campaign. The discharge ended on March 16, 1980. Governors from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin credited Ms. Mize’s efforts. She was recognized by American Motors and interviewed on various television networks.

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame honors the achievements of remarkable Michigan women. Inclusion is fitting recognition for a person who responded to a critical situation that affects us all. Verna Mize showed that people can make a difference by taking action.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services release

HOUGHTON — National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 10 am-2 pm! Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Services is a registered/confirmed drop off/collection site and is located at 206 MacInnes Drive in Houghton.

“Buy Local for the Holidays” Lake Linden Crafters & Bakers Bazaar

St. Joseph’s Church release

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden holiday crafters & bakers bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at St. Joseph’s Church on 701 Calumet St. Lake Linden. There is a limited number of spaces available in the Church basement/hall.

Each $25 selling area will include a 10-by-10-foot area, one table and two chairs. You my bring additional tables and backdrop to showcase your items. If you need a larger area, please purchase additional spaces. There will be areas with “benches” behind them that you could use to display your items. There are also spaces along walls and in the middle of the rooms. Please indicate on the application which you prefer and we will do our best to accommodate. No tape, nails, etc. may be used to attach anything to the walls, benches, etc.

If you will be selling food, please list on each item all of the ingredients and indicate if you are a cottage kitchen or a licensed kitchen. Set up will begin at 7:30am, via the Front Street entrance. There will be signs. The St. Joseph Knights of Columbus will be providing drinks and food for donation to both vendors and customers, They will not be offering any “desserts” to affect your sales. Please spread the word about this fun event, but please, all items must be made locally. No Tupperware, AVON, etc. Proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Church.

Contact Laura Hamlett at 806-790-7798 or for more information. Set up will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. To reserve your space, send a check made payable to St. Joseph’s Church to: Laura Hamlett 51755 Rice Lake Road Lake Linden, MI 49945. Spaces are first come, first served.

Keweenaw Lions Club November Meeting

Keweenaw Lions release

The Keweenaw Lions Club will hold it’s monthly meeting 7 p.m. Nov 6 at Slim’s Cafe. Meeting will be preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and followed by guest speaker. Joel Rastello will be discussing the “Field of Dreams” effort for extensive renovation of the Legion Ball Field in Calumet.

New members are welcomed. Call Cherri Allen at 289-4470 for more information.

Oct. 13, 2017

Kendricks, Bordeau Assistant Earns Paralegal Certification

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C. release

The law firm of Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C. is pleased to announce that assistant Karen E. Marshall has successfully completed her paralegal studies and has become a Certified Paralegal.

Karen has been with the firm since 2003. She obtained her Associate degree from Northern Michigan University and paralegal training from Western Michigan University. Karen assists with Medicaid matters, corporate and real estate transactions, estate planning, landlord-tenant, and liquor license matters. Karen resides in Ishpeming.

The Certified Paralegal examination program is developed by NALA The Paralegal Association, a nonprofit organization representing over 19,000 paralegals nationwide.  Applicants complete a comprehensive examination on topics ranging from legal research and ethics to knowledge of the American legal system, civil litigation, business organizations, and contracts.  Certified Paralegals maintain their status with periodic continuing legal education requirements.

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C. is one of Upper Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, serving the area from offices in Marquette and Hancock.  For more information, visit

Congressman Bergman Issued the Following Statement Regarding the NDAA

From the desk of Jack Bergman

WASHINGTON  – After being named by Speaker Paul Ryan to serve on the National Defense Authorization Act House-Senate Conference, Lt. General (Ret.) Jack Bergman released the following statement.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is essential to the security and defense of the United States and our allies. As a member of the House Budget Committee and a retired Marine, the importance of our national defense is not lost on me. I am honored to represent the House Budget Committee and Michigan’s First District during these negotiations.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure the NDAA becomes law.”

Reformation anniversary presentation

Maranantha Free Lutheran Church release

CHASSELL — Maranantha Free Lutheran Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with Pastor Jeffery Helsius 7 p.m. Sunday.

Helsius will discuss both Luther and the Reformation. He will also perform special music. All are welcome, and coffee fellowship will follow.

Howl-oween Pet Party at Auto Value

Copper Country Humane Society release

Annie and Adah, L’Anse Auto Value’s wild and crazy party dogs, are at it again. They’re breaking out their best bandanas and sponsoring a Halloween Animal Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9-1 in their puppy parents’ store. Pets in costume visiting that day can have their pictures taken and posted on the store’s Facebook site so anyone who wishes to can vote for their favorite animal cosplayer. Ist, 2nd and 3rd Prizes will be awarded although the yellow labs haven’t decided what those will be as yet. They like to think these things over.

During the party, the dogs will be offering freebies and in-store specials ranging from muck boots to line trimmers, a year supply of dog food, $10 off coupons for Nutri Source pet food and the chance to win other store merchandise. There will also be edible treats for attending beasts and the people who bring them. Annie and Adah wanted to be sure and reassure animals who didn’t want to dress up that they were welcome to come to the party anyway and enjoy all the goodies and treats available. Store owners, Jackie and Ron Skytta, as well as all store personnel, however, have been advised they need to show up in costume that day.

Of course, being the thoughtful labs that they are, Annie and Adah are asking those coming to the party to bring donations of much-needed materials for their friends currently living at the Copper Country Humane Society. Right now the animal shelter’s most pressing needs are for cat litter, paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, 6” paper plates, any color copy paper and canned dog and cat food. For other helpful ideas of what to bring, the dogs advise party-goers to check CCHS’s website at and look under their “Wish List.”

Annie and Adah just can’t wait to see what – and who – is brought to the party.

Third Thursday Copper Country Contra Dances

Finlandia University release

The first of the Third Thursday Copper Country Contra Dances will be held Thursday, Oct 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 at the Finnish American Heritage Center.

No experience necessary, no partner needed. Come and enjoy.

For details call Ginger at 818-606-0065.

Free Flu Shot Clinics for Veterans

Oscar G. Johnson VAMC release

HANCOCK – Flu vaccinations are now available for Veterans enrolled in VA health care. Veterans may request the flu shot at their regularly scheduled VA appointments.

Veterans may also get vaccinated during free walk-in flu shot clinics at Hancock VA Clinic Friday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET). No appointment is necessary. The VA clinic is located at 787 Market Street, Suite 9. Veterans may call (800) 215-8262, extension 34758, for updated VA Flu Shot Clinics throughout the Upper Peninsula.

In addition, the VA has partnered with Walgreens to provide no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans without filling out VA forms or carrying paper records. Veterans can simply go to their local Walgreens, tell the pharmacist they receive care at a VA facility, and show their Veterans Identification Card or other proof they are enrolled in the VA health care system. The immunization record will be updated electronically in the Veteran’s VA medical record.

Northern Vegans’ 11th Annual Thanksgiving Potluck

Northern Vegans release

Join Northern Vegans for our 11th annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church on the corner of U.S. 41 West and Baldwin Ave in Negaunee at 12:30 PM on Thursday, November 23rd. Bring a vegan dish (no meat, dairy, eggs, and honey) to share or consider donating $5 if you are unable to bring some vegan food. Visit, Northern Vegans on Facebook, or call 236-1279 for more information. RSVP optional. All are welcome.

Adoption Information Meeting

Lutheran Social Services release

HANCOCK — Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. is currently seeking families for our domestic and international adoption programs. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday October 18th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, located at 1000 Quincy Street in Hancock. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm. Anyone interested in more information about adoption or beginning the adoption process should attend. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Kerry Wiese at 906-226-2160 ext 14.

Copper Country Audubon sponsors live raptor program

Copper Country Audubon release

The Chocolay Raptor Center will present a live bird raptor program sponsored by the Copper Country Audubon Society Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The program will start at 7:00pm in Room G-002 in Michigan Tech University’s Forestry Building, Hesterberg Hall.

Live, rescued, non-releasable “ambassador raptors” on the glove will accompany the program, providing a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

The Chocolay Raptor Center was founded in 2012 as a center dedicated to the rescue of injured or sick raptors, and the education of the public about raptor and environmental issues.

The public is invited and there is no charge.

Miller’s Veterans Tournament

Millers Lanes release

Miller’s Lanes, 311 Hecla Street, Laurium, will be hosting the annual Veteran’s Bowling Tournament on Saturday November 11 at 6pm. The tournament is free and open to veterans and active military personnel. Donations are being accepted from businesses and veteran’s organizations in order to provide prizes for the tournament. All tournament participants will take home a prize. Following the tournament music will be provided by The Wing Nuts, this is also free to veterans and active military. There is a cover charge for all others. To sign-up for the tournament, to donate or for more information or call 337-4601.

Oct. 12, 2017

House Committee Considers Dianda Bill Benefitting Small Businesses

House Democratic release

LANSING – The House Regulatory Reform Committee held a hearing on state Rep. Scott Dianda’s (D-Calumet) House Bill 4507 to pro-rate the cost of a new liquor license so businesses are not paying the license fee twice in one year.

“I am pleased that the committee gave a hearing to my bill, House Bill 4507 to pro-rate the cost of a new liquor license that will be effective for less than nine months. This is common-sense legislation aimed at helping new liquor licensees set up shop in the state,” Dianda said. “By doing this we can prevent a business from having to pay the full liquor license fee twice during its critically important first year in operation, as can happen now.”

Currently, liquor license fees are renewed by April 30 each year. When an applicant applies for a new liquor license they must also submit a full license fee with their application. If the applicant is then approved and receives their license close to the April 30 renewal deadline, they still must renew the license by April 30 of that year, resulting in them paying the full license fee twice in one year.

HB 4507 would pro-rate these fees on a quarterly basis based on the approval date of the application. If the application is for a license that will be effective for less than 9 months, the fee would be reduced on a pro-rated basis and paid after the application is approved and on issuance of the license. A transfer license fee would also have to be paid on issuance of the license.

“As a former small business owner myself, I am glad to sponsor this legislation to help out our local businesses, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to win approval of my bill,” said Dianda.

Hot Pstromi to perform at the Calumet Theatre

Calumet Theatre release

Hot Pstromi, returns to the Copper Country! Yale Strom brings his group, a quartet this time, back to the Calumet Theatre on Monday October 16 at 7:30 pm. Along with Strom on violin, Elizabeth Schwartz, vocals, and Peter Stan, accordien, Amos Hoffman joins on guitar and oud.

In addition, to the performance, Strom will present on links between Finnish Folk music and Klezmer the Finnish American Heritage Center at 3: pm No admission fee and refreshments will be served. His presentation is “Jewish Culture in Finland Before World War II.”

Strom is pre-eminent among klezmer musicians around the world. He is the author of The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook, as well as a number of albums and documentary films and he has performed around the country and the world. He is accompanied by his wife Elizabeth Schwartz whose beautiful voice has an amazing range, by Peter Stan who plays a virtuoso accordion and for this tour by Amos Hoffman on guitar and oud (grandmother of the guitar)

Klezmer music, for those not familiar with it, is folk music of the Jews of Eastern Europe. (think “Fiddler on the Roof”) Itinerant Klezmer groups provided music at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, and still do. It is centuries old and draws on the music of Russia, Poland, Roma (Gypsy) and others where Jews lived. When Jews immigrated to America, massively from 1880 to 1924, Klezmer was influenced by jazz and vice versa. A Klezmer revival which began in the ’70s has made the energetic music more popular around the world.

Composers, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Gustav Mahler, Dmitri Shostakovich, and George Gershwin were influenced by Klezmer. Some say the opening of “Rhapsody in Blue” acknowledged the Klezmer clarinet.The swing jazz of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw may have derived from klezmer. Jazz and klezmer have been blended by jazz musicians John Zorn and Don Byron and recently found their way into Ska.

In the past 25 years, there have been local performances of Klezmer music. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band performed at the Calumet Theatre as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of Temple Jacob. Several years ago, the Calumet Theatre booked the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band from Cleveland and the Klezmer Conservatory from Boston led by Klezmer aficionado Hankus Netsky filled the Rozsa Center not too long ago. This is the third time Hot Pstromi has come to Calumet.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Calumet Theatre Box Office.340 Sixth Street, Calumet. Phone (906) 337-2610 or  

This concert is sponsored by Temple Jacob and supported by a grant from the Ravitz Foundation Michigan Small Jewish Communities’ Initiative of the Michigan Jewish Conference, a program of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Rita Jokiranta: “Beyond Horizons” opening reception

Finlandia University Gallery release

HANCOCK — Finlandia University Gallery will present the work of Finnish visual artist Rita Jokiranta.Beyond Horizons will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock, from October 19 to December 1, 2017.

An opening reception for the public will take place at the gallery on Thursday, October 19th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with an artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A production still from the video installation Horizons by Rita Jokiranta (2013-2017)

Working with video and photography, Rita Jokiranta explores the traces and landscapes of Finnish emigrants to America in the early 20th century and their relatives who stayed in Finland.  Using album photos, archive material as well as new video footage and photographs from locations around Lake Superior and Finland, her video installation Horizons, is based on the life of two brothers who lived on different sides of the Atlantic.  It is also an attempt to remember that which a century had changed and the memories that already were lost.  

“I set out to find traces of the immigrants’ life in American mines, ports, forests and agriculture, and to see the landscape; what kind of places they settled in,” notes Jokiranta.  “For comparison, I also travelled to see what their native regions in Finland are like today.  A lot of the heritage had disappeared, and social and economic circumstances had changed.  A hundred years is time enough for people and their work to be forgotten.  And landscapes – a century had changed them, too.”

Jokiranta hoped this project would represent an attempt to remember, even that which had already been forgotten, and to ask, even if it is no longer possible to get answers.  “People’s hopes for the future are nevertheless similar regardless of place or time.  People are always looking to the horizon, dreaming of a better life; so also the migrants of our time,” says Jokiranta. The exhibition in Hancock also celebrates the 100 years of Finnish independence.

Jokiranta filmed in locations around Lake Superior in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States and in Ontario, Canada.  Scenes from Finland were mainly filmed in Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia and the Hanko area.  The work was first shown in Helsinki in 2013, but it is slightly modified 2017 and completed with a few photographs. 

Also on display will be a newer work by her, a multi-channel media installation Life as It Flees (2017), which is shown as a modified version, specifically arranged for Finlandia University Gallery.  Both moving image and photographs are included in the work that explores the dynamic between image, event and interpretation.  The short story The Adventure of a Photographer by the Italian writer Italo Calvino has also been used for inspiration. The title of the work is a quotation from the short story and refers to the difficulty to catch real life in images.  “The work was built like a puzzle,” says Jokiranta.  “The video may carry a story but it can only be seen as episodic fragments of simultaneously shown different events.  The images are transient reflections and momentary observations from the world in which we are traveling, but they may also represent a state of mind.”  The viewer is challenged to reflect and to find his or her own interpretations.

This exhibit has been supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Svenska kulturfonden and ProAV Saarikko.

Since 1989, Jokiranta has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits in Finland, Sweden and Denmark as well as other European countries. Her work has been screened in film festivals and she has completed several public commissions. Her work is in the collection of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, The State Art Collection in Finland, The Helsinki City Art Museum as well as museums in Sweden and in private collections in Finland, Sweden and the United States. 

Rita Jokiranta: Beyond Horizons will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery through December 1, 2017.

The Finlandia University Gallery is in the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 906-487-7500

Learn more about this exhibit, other exhibits and the Finlandia University Gallery in general by visiting 

Advisory Commission Meeting Re-scheduled

Keweenaw NHP Release

The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission meeting previously scheduled for October 17, 2017 has been postponed. The Commission will now convene for its regular quarterly meeting at 1:00pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at park headquarters located on the corner of Red Jacket Road and U.S. Hwy 41 in Calumet.

The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission, paneled by citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, represents the public and works collaboratively with the National Park Service to advise and assist with managing the resources of Keweenaw National Historical Park. The Commission’s quarterly meetings are open to the public.

Kitty Donohoe in Houghton on October 20th

Saints Peter and Paul Church release

Through generous support from a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) mini-grant, the English Education Program, partnering with the Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC), invites the community to a family-oriented concert in Houghton at Saints Peter and Paul Church (Madeline Street) at 7pm on October 20th. We are delighted to be able to offer the community accomplished musician and children’s author, Kitty Donohoe. Kitty Donohoe will be visiting the Copper Country this fall as the CCRC’s visiting artist in the schools for the CCRC’s North Woods Kids Project. The concert is free, and family-oriented; however, donations to the CCRC at the door would be appreciated and used to support classroom and community literacy projects in the Copper Country.

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist. Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk dj Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer songwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is ” one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mezmerizing fabric.”

Donohoe will be visiting schools during the week prior to her concert, performing and working closely on creative writing with students for the North Woods Kids project, now in its third year. Any young person between the ages of 5 and 19 (and not in college) is eligible to submit writing or art to Evelyn Johnson, Dept. of Humanities, MTU, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, by December 1st. The 2017-2018 prompt is, “In creative writing or visual art, show your appreciation of Lake Superior.” For specific guidelines and information on how to submit work to NWK, or for more information on the Donohoe concert, just email

Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange Meets at Portage Library

Portage Lake District Library release

HOUGHTON — Regular meetings of the Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange are held on the third Monday of each month September through May from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Portage Lake District Library. The next meeting will be October 16, and everyone is invited to participate.

Participants are invited to bring recipes and a favorite autumn or harvest season food to eat and share. Copies of the recipes will be made at the library. Please list all ingredients used in making foods that are shared at these meetings and identify the brand names of the gluten-free ingredients. Bringing food is not a requirement for attendance.

The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is organized by and for those who are interested in or required to follow a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free eating requires the avoidance of all wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Most people find it challenging at first, but are excited to find recipes and foods that are fun and easy to make and tasty to eat. The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is an opportunity to share those great recipes and learn from others. Everyone who is interested in learning more about gluten-free eating is encouraged to attend.

All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

Oct. 11, 2017

Alex Marciniak performs at the Ontonagon Theater

Ontonagon Theater release

Continuing the 20th season of world-class entertainment at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts, the guest artist will be pianist Alex Marciniak. Always a crowd pleaser, Alex brings us an evening of classical music on the theater’s grand piano.  Before each piece, Alex shares with the audience some facts and even humor about the selections he will be playing.

Join us for this special 20th season celebration October 20, at 7 P.M. EST.  

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Tickets available at Citizens State Bank, Ontonagon Herald, Miners State Bank, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, Ontonagon County Telephone Company and Settlers Federal Credit Union, Bruce Crossing.

Stanton Township Public Schools Sports Annual All You Can Eat Pancake and Nisu French Toast Breakfast

Stanton Township Public Schools release

The Stanton Township Public Schools Sports Annual All You Can Eat Pancake and Nisu French Toast Breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 7 am until noon at E.B. Holman School. Prices are Adults and teens $6; children in grades K – 8 $4; and Seniors (55 +) $5. The menu includes pancakes, Nisu French toast, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Hope to see you there!

Gogebic Community College Named One of 150 Top US Community Colleges Eligible to Compete for $1 Million Dollar Aspen Prize

Gogebic Community College release

IRONWOOD — Michigan’s Gogebic Community College was named today as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

Gogebic Community College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize.

“The great work and dedication to student success and excellence from our administration, faculty and staff has earned us the privilege to be named among the Nation’s best 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute, and the opportunity to be considered for this year’s Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence,” said GCC President Jim Lorenson. Along with the prestige and distinction of being listed among the highest performing community colleges across the country, the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence awards multiple monetary prizes for top applying institutions. “Whether or not we ultimately win an Aspen Prize, the recognition and opportunity are a reflection of the hard work that is put in every day, across our organization. It is proof that what we do matters, not only to our students but to the region we serve. We are very proud of the success that our students have achieved.”

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Gogebic Community College will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list. Top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.

Lions Club holds its 16th annual Hunting and Sports dinner

Calumet Lions Club release

CALUMET — Calumet Lions Club held its 16th annual Hunting and Sports dinner September 20. at the beautiful Siskiwit Reception Hall in Calumet. This is the Clubs largest fundraiser which is held yearly in the fall. Once again the event was sold out early and hosted 43 sponsors the largest ever in sixteen years of sponsorships. All of the events proceeds are returned to the local community to help the many programs and projects of the Lions Club, including CLK HS Scholarships, Dictionaries, Boys State Conference, just to name a few. In addition, the ongoing key project of the Calumet Lake which now includes a Disc Golf Course, lavatory facilities with a proposed future pavilion. In addition to the sponsors, donations of gift certificates; food items; hotel gift baskets with weekend getaways; sports memorabilia; golf items; tools and many outdoor items were donated from the hundreds of local merchants from Houghton to Copper Harbor and raffled through out the evening.

Hocktoberfest Cornhole Tournament

4th Line – Calumet Hockey release

Join us for the first annual Hocktoberfest Cornhole Tournament!

The tournament is double elimination. Admission is $40/ Team (2 individuals) ages 12 and up. Starting at 2pm on Saturday, October 14 on the 2nd Floor of the Calumet Colosseum.

To register call 369-5758 or send a Facebook Message. Registration is a first come first serve. There will be food, music, raffles and 50/50. Spectators are welcome.

Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All proceeds go to the 4th Line which is a nonprofit that benefits youth hockey in the Calumet area.

Keweenaw Natural History Seminars: Citizen Science

Carnegie Museum release

HOUGHTON — Robert Nemiroff of Michigan Tech will present “Citizen Science and Astronomical Imagery: From Galaxies to Eclipses” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Carnegie Museum.

Social will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is part of Carnegie Museum’s Keweenaw Natural History Seminars.

Oct. 10, 2017

Tech Theatre Presents Steve Martin Comedy

Tech Theatre release

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company’s first production of the new academic year is the first full-length play written by comedy icon Steve Martin. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” described as “witty, amusing and thought-provoking,” asks the question “What has more power to change the future, art or science.”

Set in a real Paris bar in 1904 “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” chronicles a fictitious meeting between Albert Einstein, a year before he published “The Special Theory of Relativity” and Pablo Picasso, three years before he painted “Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.”

Martin puts Picasso and Einstein on a funny and poignant collision course to drink laugh and debate the genius that inspires them both. 

Performances of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week and Oct. 18-20, (Wed. – Thur), at the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center.

Tickets are available online at, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or by phone at 487-2073. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the McArdle Theatre beginning an hour prior to each performance. 

The media is invited to dress rehearsals, which are tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday evenings. The director, Christopher Plummer, cast and crew are available for interviews beginning at 6 p.m. each night, with the rehearsals getting under way, at 7:30 p.m. 

Any media interested in covering the rehearsals may contact me. My cell phone number is 906-370-0505

Human Services EXPO a great place to learn about local services and where to go for assistance

Copper Country Human Services Coordinating Body release

HOUGHTON – More than 20 organizations are coming together in the Copper Country Mall commons area to share information with residents about important services and resources available locally.

The local Human Services EXPO takes place at the mall in Houghton on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from noon until 2 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with organizations and find out what services they provide to help residents of all ages live better. Some of the groups represented will have information about: early childhood services; mental and physical health; dental care; emergency assistance; substance abuse prevention and support; domestic violence and sexual assault support; literacy and adult education; financial services, and more.

The first 200 attendees receive a complimentary lunch and a canvas bag. This free event is open to the public. The expo is sponsored by the Copper Country Human Services Coordinating Body (CCHSCB) and is one of the community’s largest gatherings of local service providers. People are encouraged to visit to see the COMMUNITY LINK website for a listing of hundreds of local resources available to the community.

Participating at the Expo are: Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics; Baraga County Shelter Home; Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home; Copper Country Great Start Collaborative; Copper Country Homeless Prevention Coalition; Copper Country Mental Health; Dial Help; Early On; Great Lakes Recovery Centers; Houghton Keweenaw Communities that Care; Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; Keweenaw Family Resource Center; Lutheran Social Services; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Michigan Rehabilitation Services; Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency; Michigan Works!; Phoenix House; Salvation Army; Simple Kindness for Youth; Superior Alliance for Independent Living; Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center; UP Health System – Portage; U.P. Kids, U.S. Representative Jack Bergman; and Western Upper Peninsula Health Department.

The CCHSCB is a collaboration of more than 20 member organizations that provide hundreds of services to meet the needs of individuals, children and families in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties. A complete list of member organizations, services and contact information is available at 
For more information about the Human Services EXPO, contact CCHSCB at

Congressman Bergman Announces Additional Fall Community Engagement Events

Desk of Jack Bergman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jack Bergman released the dates for his Northeastern Michigan, Greater Marquette, and Western U.P. community engagement events.

Congressman Jack Bergman will be hosting the following fall community engagement events next week. All constituents from the 1st District of Michigan are invited to participate in an open dialogue with the Congressman to discuss a broad range of topics. All press is asked to RSVP to Signs and banners will be prohibited within the events.

Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Alpena Community College – Granum Theatre, Besser Technical Center

665 Johnson St. Alpena, MI. 49707

Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Marquette Township Town Hall

1000 Commerce Dr. Marquette MI. 49855

Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Central Time)

Location: Gogebic Community College -Lindquist Center Conference Room

4946 Jackson Rd. Ironwood MI. 49935

You Are Not Alone

Mothers Against Drunk Driving release

Long after the crash, survivors, family and friends continue to feel the impact. MADD Victim Services is here to provide you with emotional support but also assistance in a variety of ways after a drunk or drugged driving crash.

We help survivors survive

Sometimes that begins by finding someone who can listen, someone whose shoulder you can lean on or whose hand you can hold.

That’s where Mothers Against Drunk Driving steps in. An Advocate can help you, your family and loved ones by:

• Providing you and your loved ones with emotional support

• Guidance through the criminal and civil justice systems

• Accompanying victims and survivors to court

• Helping you prepare a victim impact statement

• Referring victims and survivors to appropriate resources for additional help

• Offering support groups in some areas

• Connecting you with other victims and survivors who’ve had similar experiences

• Providing you supportive materials on victimization topics

If you, or someone you love, have been the victim of a violent crime, you can contact a MADD Victim Advocate, 800-323-6233 or 906-474-9346.

PHF Grant Writing Workshop

Portage Health Foundation release

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation is hosting a grant writing workshop for the four-county non-profits to help gain a better understanding of PHF’s grant applications, the application process, and key points to keep in mind when thinking about submitting an applications for funding. The Portage Health Foundation wants to support the non-profits in their application submissions and provide them with the best understanding of how to best and most easily apply when going through the application process. The Portage Health Foundation staff will be holding session in Baraga, Ontonagon and Houghton County. All workshops will be be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 and times are as follows:

Baraga County, Lakeside Inn Conference Room 10:00 am ET

Ontonagon County, Ontonagon Village Office Conference Room 1:00 pm ET

Houghton County, Portage Health Foundation Office 4:00 pm ET

These sessions are FREE and OPEN to the public.  RSVP is not required but appreciated. To do so, please call the Portage Health Foundation office at 906.523.5920 or email

Houghton High School Key Club Presents Storytimes at Portage Lake District Library

Portage Lake District Library release

The Portage Lake District Library invites children and their families to participate in Storytimes that will be held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month throughout the school year beginning October 14.

These programs will be presented by members of the Houghton High School Key Club and will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Storytime includes listening to stories and making a craft. Everyone is welcome and all programs are free.

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Portage Library Hosts National Novel Writing Month Literary Adventure

Portage Lake District Library release

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone who loves to write to explore their creative talents at a series of writing “prep sessions” designed for those who accept the challenge of National Novel Writing Month.

Known as the largest writing event in the world, the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) “Come Write In” program encourages participants to write a 50,000 word novel during November.

To help writers prepare for this feat, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaisons for the U.P., Rebecca Frost and Colleen Hix, will hold two novel writing prep sessions at the library on October 14 and 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The first session will focus on plots and story arcs, and the second session will show how to create believable characters and worlds. Participants will also learn tips on how meet daily word goals and how to navigate this mad-dash competition with themselves.

Participants are asked to bring a notebook or paper and a pen.

National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes all stories matter. Through their programs including the Young Writers Program, the Come Write In program and Camp NaNoWriMo, they hope to empower and encourage vibrant creativity around the world.

For more information about National Novel Writing Month, visit

Library presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Oct. 9, 2017

What is Islam and Who is a Good Muslim

Muslim Students Association release

Islam is the world’s second largest religion and nearly one quarter of the world’s population are Muslims. Islam was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed “Peace be upon him” and subsequently transcribed into the Holy Quran. Guest Speaker Dr. Tamim Saidi will discuss key concepts about Islam and explains fundamental believes and practices Muslims do in their daily lives. Because people judge others by their behavior not by their faith, this talk will also highlight the basic traits of a Muslim and his behavior towards society, family, and the needy, as required by Islam.

Speaker Bio

• Received a PhD in pharmacy from University of Minnesota.

• Former member of Council of Trustees of Islamic Center of Minnesota.

• Has been a board member and former VP of Islamic Resource Group (

• Has spoken and presented to thousands of Minnesotans about Islam and Muslims’ culture and way of life.

• (Imam) & speaker delivering weekly Friday sermons at various locations throughout Twin Cities.

• Has been a participant & presenter in many interfaith dialogues and activities.

• Has also published in op-ed sections of Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, USA Today, St. Cloud Times and MN Daily.

Lecture will be followed by Q&A session

When: 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: Dow Env. Sciences Building, Room 641, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931

Refreshments will be served

Keweenaw Community Foundation and Portage Health Foundation Establish a Recreation Fund that will Benefit Many

Keweenaw Community Foundation release

Hancock, Michigan— Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) along with Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is pleased to announce the availability of a newly established Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation fund. This fund was established with the intention that it will help influence and financially support the outdoor recreational needs of the community.

“With KCF and PHF working together it creates an opportunity for matching funds, collaborative efforts, and grant projects that will help get our community members outdoors and active.” said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation. “Although this type of support falls outside our core areas of emphasis, we recognize the need in our community to help support and sustain outdoor recreation. This fund, along with additional support we will provide to it, will be a good first step in helping those efforts.”

The fund will be maintained and managed by KCF and will put to use the available $60,000 this granting cycle that would help support non-profits in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties.

The primary purpose of the Portage Health Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund will be to provide financial assistance and grant awards in support of focused initiatives, programs, or projects that influence or support individual physical activity and healthy nutrition. This fund will give the community the chance to expand, create, or sustain outdoor recreational resources throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. It will also provide greater access and more choices for the identified community members to utilize these resources as part of their individual and collective health pursuits and enjoyment. Specific terms for the fund will come from a yearly granting process as part of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Keweenaw Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire giving that invests in our community’s quality of life. This fund will help support that mission by encouraging organizations to work together to ensure the best quality of life and health for our community members.

According to Jim Vivian, Executive Director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation, an advisory board has been appointed and work is underway to begin drafting up the language for the first request for proposals (RFP) which will open on October 2nd.

Keweenaw Community Foundation will be releasing more information to the public as the announcement of the forthcoming RFP is announced.

For more information on Keweenaw Community Foundation, please visit their website at or contact Hailey Hart at

Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Keweenaw Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. For more information on Keweenaw Community Foundation and how to give, visit its website at

Mount Arvon Memorial Service for Fallen Veterans of Suicide

Unified Warrior Foundation release

In Honor of those Veterans who have lost their lives to suicide, Unified Warrior Foundation and the Baraga County Community Foundation are sponsoring a Memorial Service at the Summit of Mt Arvon at 12 noon Saturday October 21st 2017.

We are calling all Veterans, Families, and supporting Organizations to attend this Memorial Service to honor these veterans and remove the stigma of PTSD. We are asking that you come through the Huron Mountains, the Peshekee Grade, the Arvon, Roland, Indian, and other roads and trails to converge on Mt Anion as a large and noticeable presence of support for veterans and families who continue to battle PTSD

Organizations and Groups interested in participating Please Call 906-353-7898 for information or go to

NARFE to hear UPAWS program

NARFE release

Kori Tossava, capital-campaign manager of the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS), will present a program at the October 25 meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1900.

She will update the group on plans for the new UPAWS facility and other aspects of the shelter’s mission. UPAWS is a local non-profit organization that cares for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals. UPAWS does not receive operating funds from any government agency. It consistently saves 98 percent of the animals it receives.

The NARFE program will begin at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, on the lower level of City Hall, 300 W. Baraga in Marquette. Members may enter from Spring Street, behind City Hall. Spring Street is one-way from east to west.

NARFE Chapter 1900 includes members from the Marquette, Escanaba, Rapid River, Houghton and Hancock areas. For additional information please call 906-475-0362.

Outdoor Gear Swap to be held at Houghton High School

Copper Country Ski Tigers release

HOUGHTON – The Copper Country Ski Tigers are holding their annual ski and gear swap Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Houghton High School multi-purpose room. Buy and sell outdoor gear – cross country skis, snow bikes, bikes, camping gear, outdoor clothing, or any other item for the silent sports enthusiast.

Drop off items to be sold on either Friday (10/27) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or Saturday (10/28) 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Sale begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at noon. Pick up unsold items and/or checks for sold equipment from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday. There is a 15% commission, with a $50 maximum, charged on all items sold. All proceeds are used to support the successful Copper Country Ski Tigers racing team (State Champions 5-years running).

The Ski Tigers will also wax your skis in preparation for winter for a nominal fee. For more information, contact Rod Chimner or Sigrid Resh

Finlandia hosting Studio Days for aspiring artists

Finlandia release

HANCOCK — Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, Finlandia University’s International School of Art & Design will host immersive opportunities for prospective art students to meet staff and students, gain experience as artists, and explore Finlandia’s first-class studio spaces.

“The experience of being an art student at Finlandia is amazing, and we’re proud to share it with prospective students throughout this school year,” said Denise Vandeville, dean of the school. “This will also be a great opportunity for students to gain tips and hints that may help them earn our $20,000 competitive Brule Scholarship next spring.”

Each session will feature directed studio time with Finlandia faculty in one of five specialties – graphic design, fiber and fashion design, intermedia, integrated design, or ceramic design. The studio time will be hosted by the faculty member, and will allow students the opportunity to work side-by-side with current FinnU art students.

Prospective artists will also have the opportunity to meet with admissions and financial aid staff, and to take an optional tour of the rest of Finlandia’s campus.

Each event is free for high school seniors or community college students interested in enrolling in Finlandia’s International School of Art & Design. For a full schedule or to reserve your spot visit

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Keweenaw NAMI monthly meeting

Keweenaw NAMI release

HOUGHTON- The Keweenaw Area Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6 p.m. to 8pm at the Institute, 900 W. Sharon Ave. Houghton. The guest speaker will be Holly Bohto, executive director of Directions Unlimited in Hancock, a non-profit drop-in center for folks recovering from emotional issues and/or mental illness. This meeting is open to the public for persons with serious mental illness, their friends and family. Phone: (906) 231-2738

Oct. 6, 2017

Kitty Donohoe at Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts

Ontonagon Theatre release

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe will perform at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts, Saturday, October 14, at 7 PM. She is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist. Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk dj Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond mostsingersongwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is ” one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mezmerizing fabric.”

Over the years Kitty has opened for a variety of artists, from Doc Watson to David Bromberg, from Bruce Cockburn to Cheryl Wheeler – and in 2008 she and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen. 

Already known for years for her songwriting, Kitty’s visibility escalated to a much bigger world when she wrote a song called ‘There Are No Words’ on September 11, 2001. In addition to the Emmy Kitty received for the song, it’s been featured in a documentary, which led to her singing it live at the Dedication of the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in 2008 – an experience that she calls “profound.”

The Lansing State Journal say’s Kitty “can set an audience on fire.”

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Citizen’s Bank, Miner’s Bank, Settler’s Credit Union, Ontonagon TelCo, Ontonagon Historical Museum, The Ontonagon Herald, and Y101.  Please view our web site, or our Facebook page for current information.

Upcoming events at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts:   Oct. 20, Alex Marciniak, and Dec.8 Aspirus Christmas Show.

Recreation Plan Survey Available for Osceola Township

WUPPDR release

Osceola Township is working with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) to update its five-year Recreation Plan. Osceola Township residents can assist in the planning effort by taking a short survey. The survey is available at Paper copies are also available at the Osceola Township Office, located at 48545 Main Street, Dollar Bay, MI 49922 as well as the following locations:

· Dollar Bay Post Office

· Hubbell Post Office

· Richies’s Market in Dollar Bay

· True Value in Calumet

· Quincy’s Restaurant in Dollar Bay

· Copper Mine Restaurant in Tamarack City

The survey will be available through October 20th, 2017. For further information, please contact Brad Barnett at 906.482.7205, ext. 316 or

Portage Lake District Library Hosts Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society

Portage Lake District Library release

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation for the public.

Emily Riipa, Assistant Archivist at the Michigan Tech Archives, will present “In the Cards: Mining the C & H Employment Records.” Riipa will share information about how to accurately read an ancestor’s C & H employment card.

All library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

Portage Lake District Library Hosts Houghton County Democratic Party Workshop on How to Run for Local Office

Portage Lake District Library release

The Portage Lake District Library will host the Houghton County Democratic Party on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for “A Primer on Running for Local Office: Getting You to “Yes.”

This workshop will be lead by Valorie Troesch and will address the truths and myths about what it takes to run for local office. Participants will learn what the local elective and appointed positions are and what qualifications are required for each position, how to get on the ballot, how to prepare to run for local office, how to run a winning campaign, and what resources are available to support candidates. People who have run for local office will share their experiences.

“We Democrats work hard to advocate for values and policies that reflect who we are and that promise better lives for the people in our community,” Troesch commented. “Too often, however, local elective offices go unchallenged by Democrats because the prospect of running for office is so daunting. If you have ever considered putting your hat in the ring, this workshop is for you!”

There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Those who are interested in participating may contact Troesch at

All library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

Opening of new non-motorized trail celebrated in Keweenaw County

Upper Peninsula DNR release

New section of Keweenaw Point Trail is second part of a three-phase trail development

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Copper Harbor Trails Club celebrated the opening of a new 6-mile section of the Keweenaw Point Trail today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held southeast of Copper Harbor at High Rock Bay.

A group of mountain bikers and others gathered Thursday at High Rock Bay to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Keweenaw Point Trail.Work on this second phase of a more than 30-mile backcountry non-motorized, multi-use trail began in 2015. The new Mandan Road to High Rock Bay trail segment connects the scenic point at High Rock Bay with Fort Wilkins Historic State Park.

“Completion of this portion of trail puts another piece in place toward completing the entire Keweenaw Point Trail,” said Lori Hauswirth, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club. “This trail will not only provide great non-motorized recreation opportunities, but also a boost to the local economies of the Keweenaw.”

Funding for this $83,000 phase of the project was funded through private donations, fundraising events and the Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation.

Development of the trail has been in partnership with the Copper Harbor Trails Club, which will manage the trail. The DNR was involved with planning, approvals and other tasks.

“We are just thrilled to be working in partnership with the Copper Harbor Trails Club,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails coordinator. “They are a great organization. They get stuff done.”

The entire Keweenaw Point Trail Project – a loop from High Rock Bay to Montreal – will highlight points of interest and the beautiful landscapes located near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The new trail will also fill a need for a backcountry single-track trail open to all non-motorized uses, and add to the existing Copper Harbor Trail System. Single-track trails require mountain bikers to ride in single file and conform to the natural environment, with routing around rocks, trees and bushes.

Lori Hauswirth, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trail Club, and DNR U.P. trails coordinator Ron Yesney pose for a photo along the trail.“This new trail segment will help provide users with a remote trail experience,” Yesney said. “Connecting to the state park at Fort Wilkins will also make campgrounds available along the route, allowing users to plan longer trips to explore the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.”


In 2003, the state of Michigan, in a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, acquired 6,275 acres of land in the area to preserve public access and prevent private development.

The acquisition boosted the state’s land ownership near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to 8,387 acres.

In the months that followed, the DNR convened the Keweenaw Point Citizen Advisory Council, which collected the views of a wide range of those interested in trail use and development in the area.

In autumn 2004, the council’s report was issued. One of the primary recommendations of the group was for the DNR to work with local groups to design, develop and maintain trails to connect non-motorized trails already established in the area, including the Copper Harbor, Estivant Pines and Horseshoe Harbor trails.

The Copper Harbor Trails Club has been the lead group in partnering with the DNR to develop the Keweenaw Point Trail. This larger trail will be a shoreline trail that runs from Mandan Road at the Montreal River, south to the river’s mouth at Lake Superior, then east along the shoreline, past High Rock Bay to Schlatter Lake, north to Horseshoe Harbor to reconnect with Mandan Road south of Lake Fanny Hooe.

Phase One

The first phase of the trail’s development, which covered 2.5 miles, was completed in 2015. That project, running from Manganese Road to Mandan Road, consists of rugged single-track trail near Lake Fanny Hooe.

A rider enjoys a ride on the new section of the Keweenaw Point Trail Thursday in Keweenaw County.Funding for the initial $83,000 construction phase was provided by grants from the DNR, the Plum Creek Foundation and the Steven C. Leuthold Foundation and Copper Harbor Trail Club fundraising efforts.

Phase Two

Phase two consists of a combination of existing two-tracks with new single-track construction. The trail section runs east along Mandan Road, then north on Horseshoe Harbor Road, east again and then south on Camp Manitou Road. At this point, the new single-track segment of the trail was built to High Rock Bay.

Phase Three

A proposed third phase of construction would run from High Rock Bay south and east to Montreal. The trail route has been approved by the DNR. Some funding for construction has been secured through a DNR recreational trails program grant. Additional money needs to be procured. The estimated cost for this phase of trail construction is $497,000.

“We are excited to celebrate this latest accomplishment in the development of the Keweenaw Point Trail today,” said John Pepin, deputy public information officer. “With this milestone we move one step closer to completion of this great new trail, another testament to Michigan’s national reputation as The Trails State.”

For more information on trails in Michigan, visit the DNR’s webpage at:

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

E.B. Holman Country Jamboree

E.B. Holman Stanton Township School release

The 25th Annual E. B. Holman Country Jamboree will be held as two shows: 3:00 p.m. AND 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at the Houghton High School Auditorium. The band Rolling Thunder will be playing with Mike and Meagan Urbis, Dick Storm, Jack Jolliff, Bonnie Cotter, Ron Lahti and other local artists.  Tickets are $10.00, available at Econo Foods of Houghton, Northwood’s Sporting Goods in Hancock, from the band, and at the door before the show. Celebrating 25 years with photos, commemorative t-shirts, door prizes and a tribute.  Profits will support art, music and other programs at E. B. Holman School. 

For more information, call 482-7946 or 487-6719.

Oct. 5, 2017

Gardenview Announces new Executive Director

Gardenview release

CALUMET — Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care announced today that Calumet resident, Maggie Seppala, has been promoted to Executive Director. Seppala has held the position of Health and Wellness Director since 2016. During that time, she has been responsible for communicating with residents, family members, physicians and managing clinical day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining Gardenview, Seppala held positions in the healthcare industry at Westgate Nursing, Assisted Living, and Rehabilitation Center in Ironwood, MI, Josephson Nursing Home in Ironwood, MI, and Skyview Nursing Center in Hurley, WI.

“Maggie takes a sincere approach to ensuring that the residents at Gardenview are receiving the highest quality of care and service,” said Neal Crothers, Senior Executive Director at Brookridge Heights, a sister community of Gardenview. “Maggie has established herself as a leader in the community and has built solid relationships with our families and many senior service providers. We’re excited to have her in this new leadership role.”

Seppala will be working with her team members to focus on the communities mission and strategy of providing quality care and service as well as overseeing the entire Gardenview staff. She will also be engaged in community outreach and marketing.

“Gardenview is such a special place for our seniors,” said Maggie Seppala, Executive Director at Gardenview. “I’m looking forward to building upon our solid reputation in the Keweenaw and I look forward to developing new relationships in the community. We have a great team here and we welcome the public to come and see all the wonderful work we do.”

Peters Leads Colleagues in Demanding Scrutiny of IRS Contract with Equifax

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, led eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans.

“By awarding this no-bid contract, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying Equifax $7.25 million in taxpayer money to protect the very same taxpayers from an identity theft risk that Equifax helped create,” wrote the Senators. “The decision to award this contract to protect the identities of taxpayers and the integrity of federal tax dollars in light of Equifax’s recent and severe breach of the public trust is highly concerning.”

In September, Equifax disclosed a cybersecurity breach that potentially exposed the sensitive personal information of more than 145 million consumers, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, and driver’s license numbers. Equifax had known about the breach for months, but did not publicly disclose it until September. In the interest of protecting taxpayers’ money, the Senators urged IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to explain why Equifax was awarded the sole-source contract in light of this cybersecurity breach.

Peters was joined in sending the letter by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Full text of the letter is available at

Congressman Bergman Issued the Following Statement Regarding the House Passing the FY2018 Budget

U.S. Representative Jack Bergman release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After the House passed the Building a Better America Budget, Congressman Jack Bergman released the following statement:

Today, the House voted to pass the Building a Better America Budget, for FY2018. I ran on a platform of getting Washington’s spending under control and the government off the back of the hardworking people of Michigan’s First District. By balancing the budget, cutting spending, and opening the door for tax reform, this budget is key to getting Washington D.C. back in order. Without a change, our mandatory spending will overtake our entire national budget – leaving no room for important investments in the NIH, national security, and other successful discretionary spending items. It’s up to us in Congress to bend that curve and reign in our spending habits, which is why this budget calls for mandatory spending reductions of at least $200 billion.

It is time for the government to work for We, the people, and this budget does just that. Today, I voted to increase economic opportunity, to ensure safety here and abroad, and to begin the process for tax reform. The groundwork laid today will truly build a better America for future generations.

BHK, UPG partner to provide child dental services

BHK release

HOUGHTON — Baraga Houghton Keweenaw Child Development (BHK) is partnering with Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) to provide preventative and restorative dental care and oral health education to students enrolled in BHK infant/toddler, preschool and Best Start programs, regardless of ability to pay.

In addition to oral health education and cavity prevention programs provided by BHK teachers and health staff, Glenda Reynolds, DDS, director of Dental Services at UGL, and dental hygienist Jamie Groff will visit BHK classrooms on a regular basis to provide regular checkups and followup visits to participating students, according to Jesse DePue, associate/Youth Services director at BHK.

After an initial risk assessment, students can receive oral health exams and preventative and restorative care, including X-rays, silver diamine fluoride varnishes and sealants.

Each child will receive a dental report and a dental goodie bag to take home after the dental exam.

This partnership, DePue said, brings dentists and oral health care directly to families.

“Parents don’t have to be onsite during the visit,” Reynolds said, “so, they don’t have to take time off of work to take their child to an appointment.”

The children become familiar with the hygienist, dentist, dental equipment and their sounds in the classroom, Reynolds said. Receiving treatment then becomes “no big deal when they’re sitting in the dentist chair,” she said.

Tooth decay is preventable, DePue said, but it remains largely untreated in young children, especially those under 3 years old. Providing consistent care beginning at an early age is key to preventing tooth decay, DePue said.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children go to the dentist by age 1, or with within six months after the first tooth grows in. Finding and establishing a dental home for families with young children is the first step, said Cheryl Mills, executive director of BHK.

“Our goal is system change, so children in our communities are entering kindergarten without tooth decay,” she said.

For more information about the partnership, call 482-3663, 844-BHK-INFO or visit the new website at

Find your roots at public library

PLDL release

The Portage Lake District Library will host a session that will show participants how to use Ancestry Library Edition to search family records on Thursday, at 6 p.m.

Ancestry Library Edition contains billions of records in census data, birth, marriage and death certificates, passenger lists and immigration records, military records, land records and wills, schools and church histories, city directories, newspapers, photos and more.

At this training, participants will learn how to use basic search techniques to discover their own family’s stories as they navigate the many collections that are offered in Ancestry. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops so they can follow along with the tutorial, but bringing a laptop is not a requirement for attendance.

Ancestry is part of the library’s e-resource collection available 24/7 at no cost to district residents.

Committee legislation promotes autonomous-vehicle technology

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislation to advance development of self-driving vehicle technology was approved Wednesday by a bipartiasn Senate committee.

The Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee unanimously approved the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act introduced by Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, and Committee Chairman Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

The bipartisan legislation will help advance the testing and development of self-driving vehicles that have the potential to improve mobility, reduce accidents, save thousands of lives lost on American roads each year, and ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of advanced technologies and innovation.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, an original cosponsor of the legislation, said self-driving vehicles will make transformative changes to improve mobility, reduce accidents and enhance safety for millions of travelers.

“Michigan is poised to lead the world in these emerging vehicle innovations that will create new jobs and help ensure our nation remains internationally competitive,” Sabenow said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Thune to help pass this legislation through the Senate to advance these lifesaving and life-changing technologies and ensure that Michigan remains at the forefront of vehicle innovation.”

She said Michigan has the workforce, partnerships and “innovative spirit” to be the national and global leader in autonomous and connected vehicles.”

“I thank Sen. Peters and the Senate Commerce Committee for passing this bipartisan legislation, which will help secure Michigan’s future in mobility,” she said.

The AV START Act will take steps to modernize existing federal motor vehicle safety standards and rules, which were written before the development of self-driving vehicle technologies and have not been updated to address these rapidly developing technologies. The legislation will also strengthen cybersecurity protections for self-driving vehicles, improve mobility for Americans with disabilities, promote consumer education on the capabilities and limitations of self-driving vehicles.

Peters, co-founder of the Smart Transportation Caucus, has made the development and deployment of self-driving technologies a top priority in the U.S. Senate. As part of his effort to craft the AV START Act, Peters held numerous meetings with national and Michigan stakeholders, including consumer safety advocates, automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and technology groups.

Last year, at Peters’ urging, the U.S. Department of Transportation opened a competition to designate national testing facilities for self-driving vehicle technologies. In January, DOT named ten facilities across the country, including the American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti as federally-designated proving grounds for the development of self-driving vehicles. In late 2015, a Peters provision to promote investments in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology was signed into law.