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February, the little guy in the calendar

February is the month that almost never made into our modern calendar.  History is sketchy, but we do know that the original  ancient Roman calendar had only 10 months in it - January and February not yet considered. That space was simply regarded as “winter time.” But eventually, ...

Breaking cycles with Families UPward

“A child needs to feel from the very start that she or he is wanted and loved. They should grow up in the soil of affection and care. There is no replacement for that, it is the most important thing. If that isn’t right from the very beginning then everything that follows is playing catch ...

Visual impairment and Orientation & Mobility services

A child with a visual impairment is defined as a child with vision that adversely affects their educational performance, even with correction. The Copper Country Intermediate School District (ISD) has personnel and systems in place to help students in our local schools who have such visual ...

Why U.P. legislators should be able to hitch rides on existing state flights 

House Bill 5301 is a bipartisan proposal allowing legislators serving in the Upper Peninsula a more effective way to serve residents while also saving taxpayer money. The plan allows state legislators to fly on state-owned aircraft in certain instances. On occasion, state agencies schedule ...

Something’s gotta give at Michigan Tech

As a resident of Portage Township and a graduate of Houghton High School, and despite the fact that I went to two other universities prior to returning home, I am proud to say that I have my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan Technological University. I love saying that I bleed ...

How one man’s sketch provides a lesson in life

A young man was born in southern Europe in 1908. As a child, his mother would find him building structures from sugar cubes. He developed a love of art, but his mother convinced him to pursue a career as an architectural engineer. Then in 1940, the Germans invaded Ukraine where he was working. ...

Learning life skills while getting on-the-job training

Bright lights shine through a large white atmosphere of sterile machines along each wall. A rush of air curiously inflated my lungs and was held for a moment, more weightless and freer than the outside world. The atmosphere between the four walls sent a shiver down my spine as if one could feel ...

Getting started writing for the Gazette

People ask how I began writing articles for the Gazette.  I just slipped casually into it, beginning in my early teens, when I would climb the three long flights of well worn wooden steps to the press room for leftover paper. The odor of printer’s ink was intoxicating, already seeping ...

Criminal justice reforms will give second chance to those who deserve

Everybody makes mistakes. Unfortunately for some, their past mistakes have left them with old criminal records from which they are never truly able to move on. Many Upper Peninsula residents have old criminal convictions from bad decisions they made when they were younger. They serve their ...

Representative Bergman, please defend the Constitution

Jack Bergman, U.S. Congressional Representative for the M-1 District which includes all of the U.P. and part of the northern Lower Peninsula, held a town hall meeting in Houghton on Jan. 4. I attended and asked Representative Bergman a question: Why did he vote “no” on the articles of ...

What makes America great?

America is so great because she has been founded and shaped by fearless people who did not surrender to inequality or injustice. America was built by the people that saw hope for a brighter future despite the darkness that surrounded them. Think about Harriet Tubman who risked her life to ...

Helping students with stress, trauma

What is stress? We often think of stress as a negative construct, but some stress is normal and essential. Other stress can be tolerable. Toxic stress, however, can occur as a result of strong, frequent, or long lasting events and can cross into the realm of trauma. Trauma can actually ...

Empowering youth…building brighter futures

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli. Imagine a world where all young people feel empowered, encouraged and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality. Mentoring is a critical component in young ...

Copper Country shows how special the area actually is

This past weekend, multiple sporting teams from schools all over the country descended on the Copper Country. In skiing, they were here for the U.S. Cross Country Championships. In basketball, the Ashland Eagles were in town to face the Michigan Tech Huskies for both men’s and women’s ...

Design your way to success in 2020

In a small studio above Roxy’s Dress Shop in Palo Alto, California, Douglas Dayton and Jim Yurchenco and six other young men were puzzled by a problem they had been presented. A small start-up company had just created a state of the art computer. The company had presented them with a ...

The first Christmas in the copper district — wasn’t

The week leading into Christmastide of 1843 was quite mild in the Lake Superior copper district. It was the first Christmas the region was the copper district. Many mining permits had been obtained that first summer, and on some locations, mineral explorations had begun, particularly at ...

Tips for a guilt-free holiday

While the holidays are a special time to be with loved ones, it's also a time when we overindulge in big meals and sweet treats. But, with a little meal planning and mindfulness, it is possible to put out a guilt-free spread both you and your guests enjoy. Taylor Mattson, clinical dietitian ...

Reviewing my first year serving in the Michigan House

As we near the end of 2019, I want to share some highlights of my first year representing the western Upper Peninsula in the Michigan House. Serving our communities has truly been a rewarding experience. I have learned a lot just from listening to the thoughts and ideas of people I meet at ...

Respite care for foster families

In this season of giving, many people are looking for ways to help others in their community. One way to make a life-changing impact on a child’s life is through becoming a foster family. There are many other ways of helping foster children as well. One of these ways to help is to provide ...