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Houghton, Hancock plan late-summer celebration

HOUGHTON — Although Bridgefest was canceled for the second summer in a row, another celebration could be on the way.

The cities of Houghton and Hancock and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce are working on an end-of-summer celebration with the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council.

The council approved $2,000 to $4,000 to be put toward fireworks. The event, with a working title of “End Summer With a Boom,” would take place around Labor Day, Waara said.

There might also be a tie-in with local businesses for a “major takeout night,” Waara night.

The money came from the city’s civic betterment fund.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting Mary Kaminski updated the council on the Verna Mize Triathlon, which she is organizing. The triathlon will be held Aug. 7 at Kestner Waterfront Park.

After visiting businesses downtown, five businesses signed up automatically to provide perks to athletes who visit their store after the race, Kaminski said.

“They love what we’re doing,” she said. “And I possibly got two racers out of it, too.”

Kaminski was also able to get information about the triathlon included in the approximately 750 racers’ bags for Canal Run.

Kaminski met with city, police and sheriff personnel to discuss safety issues. Canal Run director Angela Luskin also provided Kaminski with a list of traffic signs to use during the triathlon, Kaminski said.

Registration forms available at cityofhoughton.com. Pre-registration must be done by phone, text or email Aug. 5. For more information call (906) 482-2422.

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