Highlights of what's happening in and around town
Sawyer posts strong passenger totals again in September
Sawyer International Airports 2006 third quarter continued to
be a pleasant surprise as approximately 37,105 passengers used the airport,
noting an increase of 5,716 passengers, or approximately 18.25 percent
compared to the third quarter of 2005.
During 2006, Sawyer has seen 100,543 passengers use the airport, and
is 13,681 passengers ahead of the record pace of 2005, indicating a
strong 15.75-percent increase. Year-to-date, and with three months remaining
in 2006, Sawyer has nearly exceeded the passenger traffic numbers seen
during calendar year 2003 (103,150).
Additionally, Sawyers achievements include setting another first
for total passengers using the airport, recording more than 13,000 passengers
during two of three busier months of the summer travel season (July
and August). Additionally, and through the month of August, Sawyer is
also one of only three airports in Michigan noting increases in passenger
American Eagle Airlines, providing regional jet service to Green Bay,
Madison and Chicago, continues to record significant increases this
year over the first nine months of 2005. American Eagles outbound
passenger traffic totaled 12,578, and for inbound passengers totaled
11,907 reflecting increases on average of thirty percent.
Northwest Airlines regional affiliate, Mesaba Airlines, which provides
service to both Detroit Metro and Minneapolis-St. Paul, continues to
excel, and recorded 31,912 outbound and 30,809 inbound passengers, reflecting
increases on average of sixteen percent.
With the return and continuation of air service to Minneapolis-St. Paul,
non-stop jet service to Chicago, outstanding airfares to many business
and leisure destinations, and a stable flight schedule going into the
fall travel season, airport officials project that Sawyer is on track
to easily surpass the 2005 record of 115,543 passengers, and the likelihood
that the airport could anticipate between 125,000 and 130,000 passengers
traveling to and from Sawyer.
For details, call 346-3308 or visit www.sawyerairport.com
Rabbi Kushner keynotes grief conference on November 2
Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the international best seller When
Bad Things Happen to Good People, will present the keynote address at
this years grief conference, set for November 2 in the Great Lakes
Rooms at NMU.
Kushner will highlight his heartfelt message that inspires people to
become more involved with the world and their lives. He provides guidance
for dealing with loss, grief, crises of faith and the moral and spiritual
complications of day-to-day life. His message focuses on responding
to heartbreak with understanding rather than bitterness and despair.
Joining Kushner as presenters are Mary Jane Tremethick, Ph.D. of NMU
and Jeanne Coleman, Ed.D. of Columbia University.
This conference is co-sponsored by Canale-Tonella Funeral Home, Inc.;
Lake Superior Hospice Association; Marquette General Health System and
NMU. The fee of $60 includes lunch, refreshment breaks and handouts.
MGHS retirees and students with valid I.D. may register for $30.
Continuing education credit hours will be offered for physicians, nurses,
EMS personnel and patient care unit coordinators.
For details, call (800)562-9753 ext. 3470. The conference brochure can
be downloaded at www.mgh.org/educa tion/brochur/grief06.pdf
Marquette Area Blues Society announces 2007 logo contest
The Marquette Area Blues Society will hold its annual logo contest for
the 2007 Marquette Area Blues Fest, to be held Labor Day weekend 2007.
Submissions will be accepted through January 1, 2007.
All area graphic artists, students and notepad doodlers are encouraged
to enter by designing one or several logos. One logo will be chosen,
and will be used on T-shirts and other merchandise at the festival.
All ages may enter.
The winner will receive two tickets to the 2007 Blues Fest and two T-shirts
with the winning logo concept. For more information and entry forms,
log on to www.marquetteareabluessociety.org or call 226-5451 with your
name and address to request logo contest entry forms and info.
Athena program transformed in Marquette County
People have been asking, What has happened to the Athena Program
in Marquette County? A lot has happened over the last few years
in the world of the Athena Foundation (now known as Athena International)
that has helped the organization focus their efforts in the international
As the foundation grows and takes on new challenges, more energy and
resources will be directed toward a global strategy. They also observed
recent changes in national Athena underwriters, with whom the real program
had shared sponsorship and support. These changes presented the opportunity
to reconsider the direction of the local program and examine what the
future would hold. The decision to create the local award program was
a direct result of that review.
Members of the Athena of Marquette County steering committee approached
Zonta of Marquette Area to see if there was an interest in developing
a recognition program incorporating the Athena ideals, while retaining
a strong local focus.
Zonta has created an award program that will recognize individuals,
both men and women, who have helped mentor women and girls in reaching
their leadership potential, have demonstrated excellence, creativity
and initiative in their profession and have provided significant service
to their communities through volunteerism.
The newly developed Evergreen Award will be presented at the annual
Lake Superior Community Partnership Dinner in 2007. Nominations are
being sought. Call 228-7500 for details.
Zonta accepting grant requests from nonprofits
The Zonta Club of Marquette area will be accepting grant requests from
local nonprofit organizations through January 12, 2007.
In determining awards, high priority is given to programs that improve
the status of women by addressing the issues of economic self-sufficiency,
legislative equality, access to education, health and nutrition. Proceeds
from the Clubs annual sale of Koeze nuts have been used to award
grants to a wide variety of programs and agencies since 1972. Grants
will be awarded in increments of $250. Past grants have ranged from
$250 to $1,000.
To secure an application form, visit www.zontamqt.org or write to the
Zonta Club Grant Committee, 89 North Basin Drive, Negaunee, MI 49866,
call 475-9965 or e-mail Mpace8@aol.com Include your mailing address
and/or fax number in your request for information.
U.P. receives nearly $5 million in improvement grants
State Senator Mike Prusi (D-Ishpeming) announced that the Upper Peninsula
will be the recipient of nearly $5 million in grants approved by the
Michigan Strategic Fund Board. Governor Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation were instrumental in moving these project
As approved, the grants will fund public infrastructure projects as
part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Infrastructure
Capacity Enhancement (ICE) program.
Community Development Block Grant Funding was approved for local communities
who had proposed upgrades to existing public infrastructure systems
either by replacing deteriorating or obsolete systems or by adding needed
capacity to existing, but burdened systems. More than $15.3 million
was awarded to thirty-seven Michigan communities, including twelve municipalities
in the Upper Peninsula.
The Village of Newberry received $700,000, the largest amount awarded
in the U.P.
The ICE program benefits small cities, villages and townships. The cities
of Crystal Falls, Iron River, Manistique and Stephenson were among the
communities in the U.P. that received funding. They received awards
of more than $500,000 each.
The Ninety-Nines creates Northwoods Charter
The International Organization of Women Pilots, The Ninety-Nines, has
a Northwoods Charter as of September 2006.
Cynthia Madsen of Illinois, governor of the North Central Section of
the Ninety-Nines, flew her airplane to Houghton to present a plaque
to Marcelaine Lewis, chairman of the Northwoods Ninety-Nines Chapter
at the U.P. Wilderness Tour Banquet.
The sixteen charter members of the new Ninety-Nines chapter are: Cynthia
Brew of Rapid River; Darlene Basto of Calumet; Jeffrey Dohrenwend of
Pelkie; Rose Dorcey of Wisconsin Rapids (Wisconsin); Eloise Greenlee
of Houghton; Ann Joyal of Marquette; Marcelaine Lewis of Houghton; Chrysande
Levesque of Marquette; Jennifer Nykanen (FWP) of White Pine; Sheryl
Rains of Bark River; Helen Ryan of Eagle River; Kathy Swanson of Wells;
Lynn Sykes of Gwinn; Angela Tomasi of Houghton; Pam Trask of Iron Mountain;
and Elizabeth VanHeusden of Macomb.
Waiting for Orson planned for November 3 through 5
A new play by local business owner Ian Leahy, Waiting for Orson is the
story of Tristan who, once on the fast-track to success, finds himself
derailed and waiting for a mystical visitor society would insist does
not even exist. If he does exist, he certainly would not request a meeting
with someone in the middle of Manhattans crowded Penn Station.
But, he did.
Inspired by actual events, Waiting for Orson is a love story that dances
between visceral human relationships and the thin line between a persons
psychological sanity and the quest for spiritual enlightenment.
Described by many as an entirely unique theatre experience, Waiting
for Orson runs from November 3 through 5 at 231 House of Muses at 231
West Washington Street in Marquette.
Performances are at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 1:30 p.m.
on Sunday. Seating is limited. Call 225-5061 for details. Proceeds will
be donated to Chip and Leslie Davis of Marquette for medical care of
their infant daughter, Livia.
Cancer Center and Marquette hospital to collaborate
The Karmanos Cancer Center and the Marquette General Cancer Center recently
signed an affiliation agreement to collaborate on cancer care and research.
As an affiliate of the Karmanos Cancer Center, the Marquette General
Cancer Center will continue to offer unique cancer treatment options
and provide access to higher-level clinical trials to patients.
As part of the agreement, physicians at the Marquette General Cancer
Center will be a part of the Karmanos Multidisciplinary Team structure.
This means cancer patients at the Center in Marquette who need a second
opinion may have a built-in review by Karmanos Cancer Center physicians,
who will provide input on proposed treatment plans.
The affiliation agreement will provide the Marquette General Cancer
Center access to the Karmanos Cancer Centers advanced clinical
research and additional educational opportunities for Upper Michigan
Cancer Center physicians and staff.
Association recognizes local maritime historian
The Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, a regional association
of more than 100 maritime museums and historical societies, recently
recognized the efforts of a leading maritime historian and a dedicated
At the associations recent annual meeting in Alpena, maritime
historian and author Frederick Stonehouse of Marquette was awarded the
associations 2006 Award for Historic Interpretation.
Stonehouse has authored twenty-seven books on Great Lakes maritime history
including regional bestsellers, such as The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
and Great Lakes Lighthouse Tales. In addition to popular history books,
he has published several leading publications, such as the recently
re-released book, Wreck Ashore, The U.S. Life-Saving Service on the
Stonehouse also has developed and taught several university courses
on Great Lakes maritime history as ad hoc instructor at Northern Michigan
University. Each year, he makes room in his schedule to make presentations
at conferences throughout the region and is an active consultant for
numerous Great Lakes maritime history projects and programs.
In addition to serving as a consultant for both the U.S. National Park
Service and Parks Canada, Stonehouse has been an on-air expert for National
Geographic and History Channel. He is a past president of the National
Board of Directors of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association
and the Marquette Maritime Museum
Hiawatha Music Co-op Annual Members Meeting
The annual Hiawatha Music Co-op members meeting will be held at 6:00
p.m. on November 4.
The meeting will include dinner, business, election of board members
and swing dancing. All members are welcome, and new members can join
at the meeting.
Visit www.hiawathamusic.org or call 226-8575 for details.
MCAC celebrates five years of service to community
The Medical Care Access Coalition (MCAC)a local nonprofit, United
Way member agency, that coordinates volunteered and donated healthcare
to low income, uninsured county residentsrecently celebrated five
years of service.
In September 2000, MCAC incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization. In the
summer of 2000, MCAC hired its first staff member, signed up dozens
of volunteer physicians and by September 1, 2001, had secured a federal
Community Access Program grant (CAP Grant). It began enrolling patients
on October 1, 2001.
Through the years, MCAC has been able to help coordinate healthcare
for more than 3,000 resident.
Since MCAC began, the agency has worked closely with community partners
to obtain nearly 100-percent participation by primary care providers
and most specialists in Marquette County for donated services. Every
Marquette County pharmacy participates in the program, in addition to
numerous pharmaceutical companies whose representatives provide much
needed medications and supplies.
In five years, the equivalent of more than $845,000 has been donated
by primary and specialty care offices. In response to a growing number
of patients and lack of available primary care, MCAC created its own
Volunteer Clinic in 2003. Since then, more than $68,000 worth of primary
care services have been donated in the Clinic. More than $1 million
worth of medications has been donated by pharmaceutical manufacturers
through samples and patient assistant programs.
Northern Options moves office, offers same services
Northern Options Energy Center has opened their new office at 205 South
Front Street, Suite 2F. Visit during their open house from 4:00 to 8:00
p.m. on November 10.
Northern Options Energy Center has brought exciting programs to the
Upper Peninsula since its formation in 2004. The Biodiesel Student Research
Group at Marquette Senior High School is an example of the type of community
programming Northern Options aims to offer. They also worked this summer
to provide green commuting options around the city of Marquette. Look
for signs along the bike paths.
Their phone number will remain the same at 226-1136.
Through its Home Energy Check-Up Service, Northern Options, a Marquette-based
energy education center, helps Michigan residents answer the burning
question of how to implement energy efficiency into their homes.
For a fee of $150, an Northern Options trained energy specialist will
examine homes from the basement to the attic, and make energy saving
recommendations to the homeowner regarding insulation levels, windows
and doors, heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances, and
other needed improvements.
The Home Energy Check-Up is a great step consumers can take in making
energy efficient improvements in their home because it gives them a
personalized reporta cookie-cutter plan for energy
efficiency does not exist because every home is different and unique. For
details or to make an appointment, call 226-1136.
Celebrate November as National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month. From 1980 through 2000, the number
of people across the nation living with diabetes more than doubled from
5.8 million to 14.7 million.
In the Upper Peninsula more than 23,600 people are living with diabetes.
Diabetes can be disabling and deadly but it doesnt have to be.
Controlling blood glucose (blood sugar) in people with diabetes is not
easy, but it can be done. Proper blood sugar control can eliminate or
delay the risks of complications. A recent study by the National Institutes
of Health (NIH) shows that tight control of blood glucose can reduce
the risk of heart attacks and strokesthe number one killer of
people with diabetesby more than half.
For most people with diabetes, keeping blood glucose under tight control
isnt effortless. The latest data from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that fewer than forty-five percent
of Americans with diabetes are reaching the level of control seen in
the NIH study. But it can be done, and the National Diabetes Education
Program has materials that can help.
Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign materials teach people with
diabetes how to know their ABCswhat their A1C (a test of blood
glucose), blood pressure and cholesterol numbers are, what they should
be, and how to work with a health care team to reach those goals.
These materials also offer ideas for sticking to a healthy eating plan,
ways to stay active with regular physical activity, and other tips for
feeling better and staying healthy. NDEP materials are easy to read.
They have been tailored for groups at high risk for diabetes, including
American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.
All materials are based on science, backed by the federal government
and copyright free.
For people with diabetes, controlling blood glucosealong with
blood pressure and cholesterolcan save their sight, their limbs,
and their lives. For details, visit www.ndep.nih.gov or call (800)369-9522
and ask for a free copy of the NDEP brochure Tips to Help You Feel Better
and Stay Healthy.
Substance abuse services to be addressed at forum
Due to community reports of individuals being unable to access much
needed substance abuse services, Great Lakes Recovery Centers is hosting
a community forum on the types of substance abuse services available.
The community forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on November
7 at the Peter White Public Library.
This brown bag luncheon will include a panel from Great Lakes Recovery
Centers, Pathways, Bell Hospital, Marquette General Hospital, Catholic
Charities and Lutheran Social Services. Those seeking information on
substance abuse services are encouraged to attend.
In addition, the panel will take questions from the audience in an effort
to provide better education on the opportunity for treatment that exists
in the area. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch, beverages
will be provided. For details, call 228-9699.
MGHS awarded monies through grant program
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) and Carl Levin (D-Michigan)
announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has
awarded Marquette General Hospital System $259,955 through the Telehealth
Resource Center Grant Program.
The funds will establish the Midwest Alliance for Telehealth and Technology
Resources, and will be used to build and expand telecommunication networks
between health care researchers, providers and patients to improve continuity
Telehealth networks utilize technology such as video conferencing, streaming
media and wireless communications to allow specialists to share information
and provide patient care over long distances.
Hospital earns continued accreditation from JCAHO
By demonstrating its compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Healthcare Organizations national standards, Marquette General
Health System has earned the Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval.
The award of accreditation is for three years.
JCAHO accreditation covers all entities of Marquette General Health
System throughout the Upper Peninsula, comprising Marquette General
Hospital, its clinics and offices in thirteen communities, the U.P.
Surgery Center at Peninsula Medical Center, Home Health, laboratory
services and behavioral health.
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health
care organizations and programs in the United States, including more
than 7,800 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 7,300
other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted
living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.
Planned Parenthood takes part in Plan First! program
Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan is now enrolling women in a new
state program called Plan First! Its designed to expand subsidized
family planning services to about 200,000 more women statewide.
In order to fund the program, Michigan sought a Medicaid waiver from
the federal government. The waiver covers family planning services for
women ages nineteen to forty-four who are at or below 185 percent of
poverty and not pregnant. Participants must reside in Michigan and meet
Medicaid citizenship requirements.
Since every public dollar spent on family planning saves at least three
dollars in Medicaid costs, this new program will save the state money.
In fact, the Department of Community Health estimates it could save
Michigan as much as $27 million a year if unintended pregnancies are
reduced by just ten percent. If all pregnancies were planned, the state
would see significant reductions in infant mortality, child abuse, child
neglect and abortion.
To find out if you qualify, call 225-5070.
Celebrity art auction benefits U.P. Childrens Museum
Original works by more than thirty-five of the communitys most
unexpected artists will be featured in the third annual Marquette Jaycees
Celebrity Art Auction on December 7 at the Upper Peninsula Childrens
Museum in Marquette. The auction is a benefit for the museum.
Viewing of items begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by Dr. Alan Hunter, auctioneer,
taking opening bids at 7:00 p.m. Spectators are invited to sample a
fine array of cheeses, wine and a delectable chocolate fountain. Entry
In addition, the museum is having a raffle with proceeds supporting
exhibits and programs at the museum. Tickets are $5 each or five for
$20 and may be purchased at the museum at 123 West Baraga Avenue in
Prizes include a loose five-carat heart-shaped pink sapphire donated
by Glenda Folker; a $1,000 shopping spree donated by Jandron Fine Jewelry;
one nights stay for two donated by the Grand Hotel on Mackinac
Island; two matching cedar Adirondack chairs donated by John B. Frick;
Odyssey White Hot 2 putter donated by OnLine TodaySold Tomorrow;
a Bill Hamilton framed lighthouse print donated by Steven Nelson; a
HotPlate gift basket donated by HotPlate; a U.P. Childrens Museum
annual family membership donated by the museum; a load of top soil or
gravel donated by Smith Paving; a Starbuck gift basket donated by NMU
Starbucks, and a Babycakes gift certificate donated by Babycakes.
Tickets will be drawn at 7:00 p.m. on December 7 at the museum. Ticket
holders need not be present to win. For details, call 226-3911.
Christmas wreath sale to benefit local boy scout troop
Boy Scout troop 360 of Harvey it having its annual Christmas wreath
sale. Locally crafted wreaths from five to twenty-two inches in diameter
can be ordered by calling 249-9173 to place an order from November 1
Region looks to repeat best communities award
In 2005, the Marquette-Alger county area was designated as one of the
100 Best Communities for Young People in the entire United States. The
effort is underway to keep that designation.
The 2007 100 Best Communities for Young People competition is sponsored
by Americas Promise. The competition invites communities from
throughout the country to tell their story and why they should be recognized
as a great place to grow up. Through the competition, Americas
Promise showcases communities doing an outstanding job of fostering
safe and caring environments that effectively educate young people and
help them become productive citizens.
Americas Promise is a broad-based alliance whose members work
together to ensure that young people can realize their full potential.
Alliance partners focus attention and resources to help every child
receive the Five Promises essential to success.
Communities have until November 3 to enter. Winners will be announced
in late January 2007. Anyone interested in participating can call at
228-8919 or e-mail email@example.com
Partnership Announces new mentoring program
The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) is looking for business
owners and managers to take part in the new Mentors Circle program,
a program designed to match entrepreneurs with experience.
The Mentors Circle provides an opportunity to become involved
in economic development without placing a heavy burden on anyone.
Entrepreneurs often look for help when they are starting a business,
experiencing difficulties managing growth opportunities or in need of
financing. Often there is an unfounded fear that professional assistance
will cost too much so they often struggle on their own.
The Partnership plans to maintain a database of resources offered by
business professionals that will be used to support entrepreneurs in
need of support. If you are willing to share your knowledge and/or services
to mentor a new start-up company in Marquette County contact Lois Ellis
or Gregg Nominelli at 226-6591.
United Way campaign in full swing toward 2006-07 goal
Numerous individuals and businesses are stepping up to the plate to
help the United Way of Marquette County raise money for local organizations.
This years campaign goal is a half-million dollars.
These funds help support thirty-four Marquette County agencies, such
as Red Cross, Alzheimers Association, Child & Family Services, Teaching
Family Homes, Catholic Social Services and U.P. Library for the Blind,
to name a few.
This year, these agencies need financial help more than ever as they
face funding cuts at local, state and federal levels. The United Way
exists to efficiently provide a fundraising campaign, so these agencies
can spend more of their time providing important programs in the community
and less time trying to raise money.
Currently, the United Way has reached twenty percent of its goal. This
has been done through mailings to individuals and generous businesses
which run campaigns that allow their employees to make donations through
payroll deduction. This years campaign co-chairs, Vicky Crystal
and Bill Nemacheck have been visiting businesses to educate about United
Way, and asking for their participation. To inquire about a co-chair
presentation at your business, call the United Way office at 226-8171.
The video features three Marquette County residents who share their
personal stories of how they were helped by a United Way agency. You
can see the co-chairs in this years campaign video by visiting
Munising schools seeks help from local community
The Munising Public Schools Music Department is seeking old and unused
band instruments and music equipment. Anyone who donate items will receive
a receipt for tax purposes if a name and address is included with the
The department also is seeking accompanist pianists for several festivals,
concerts, and solo and ensemble performances. For details, call director
Jeff Ingraham at 297-2103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
National Ski Hall of Fame announces Class of 2006
The U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that three
former members of the U.S. Ski Team have been elected to the Class of
Freestyle skiers Jonny Moseley and Trace Worthington and alpine ski
team member Julie Parisien will have their names added to the honor
roll of the Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies in January 2007. In
a move from tradition, the ceremony will take place at the Snowsports
Industries America (SIA) annual tradeshow in Las Vegas from January
22 through 24.
Credit Union seeks students for Financially Made program
U.P. Catholic Credit Union is launching Financially Made,
a financial education and saving program aimed at turning teens ages
thirteen to seventeen into financially-savvy consumers. The program
combines matching deposits with financial education in hopes of encouraging
students to beginand continuepracticing good financial habits.
U.P. Catholic Credit Union will select ten students to be Financially
Made and will meet with a budget counselor and attend a financial literacy
course that will cover saving, credit, budgeting and goal setting. In
return, U.P. Catholic Credit Union will establish a savings account
for the students and provide matching deposits of up to $200 per student.
The savings phase of the Financially Made program will begin January
1, 2007. To apply to be Financially Made, students must complete an
application and submit a 250-word essay explaining what theyre
saving for and why. Application materials and official rules are available
at www.upccu.com by clicking on the Financially Made Web banner. Essays
must be received by November 20.
U.P. Rodeo changes dates, seeks sponsors, volunteers
The U.P. Championship Rodeo board is actively seeking sponsors and volunteers
to help its organizing efforts. The board is planning new specialty
acts, along with added activities for family night. The rodeo will be
held on June 7, 8 and 9, 2007 in Iron River.
Anyone interested in helping with this community event, or who has ideas
to offer can call 265-5954.
USOEC News & Notes
BoxingBoxer Walter Sarnoi (Monterey Park, California)
finished second in the 125-pound weight class at the Police Athletic
League National Championships in Oxnard (California). David Clark (San
Diego, California) won his first bout at 119 pounds against Oved Pamatz
(California), 12-6. In the second preliminary bout, Jessy Cruz (Miami)
overpowered Clark, 3-2. Teammate DeRae Crane (Rock Island, Illinois)
was defeated in the preliminary round by Yathomas Riley (San Diego,
California) at 178 pounds. The referee stopped the contest at 1:50 in
SpeedskatingHead coach Jimmy Jang is leading the U.S.
World Cup Team at World Cup II in Seoul (Korea). At the World Cup I
in Changchun (China), Shani Davis (Chicago) won a silver medal in the
1,000-meters B final. Jeff Simon (Long Beach) earned a silver medal
in the 1,500-meter B final. Simon also qualified for the 500-meter A
final, placing fourth. Anthony Lobello (Tallahassee) was stopped in
the quarterfinals of the 500-meter and disqualified in the 1,500 meter
heats. The mens relay team earned a silver medal in the 5,000-meter
B finals. Cherise Wilkins (Syracuse, New York) skated in the semi-finals
of the 1,500-meter, placing sixth. Wilkins placed fourth in her first
heat in the 500-meter. Kimberly Derrick (Caledonia) was unable to advance
past the quarterfinals in the 1,000-meter. Katherine Reutter (Champaign,
Illinois) was stopped in the 1,500-meter heats, and she was also unable
to advance out of the preliminaries of the 1,000-meter. The womens
relay team took third place in the 3,000-meter B final with a time of
WeightliftingThe weightlifting team is preparing for
their first event of the 2006-07 season, the American Open from December
1 through 3 in Birmingham (Alabama).
Womens Freestyle WrestlingFreestyle wrestlers
competed at Sunkist Kids International Open in Tempe (Arizona). Liz
Short (Lombard, Illinois) took third place in the 48 kilogram womens
freestyle wrestling competition, winning by technical fall over Ingrid
Santos (El Savador). The following USOEC team members placed fifth in
their respective weight division: Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii), 48
kg; Dany Hedin (Kailua, Hawaii), 55 kg; and Stefanie Shaw (Waterford,
Connecticut), 63 kg. The freestyle team hosted the University of the
Cumberlands in its first ever home dual match. Cumberlands defeated
the USOEC squad four matches to three. Winning individual bouts were
Liz Short at 105.5 pounds, Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, Wisconsin) at 112
pounds, and Erin Clodgo (Richmond, Vermont) at 147.5 pounds.
Mens Greco-Roman WrestlingGreco-Roman wrestlers
competed at Sunkist Kids International Open in Tempe. Spenser Mango
(Flourissant, Missouri) took first in the mens 55 kg weight class,
pinning Michael Santos (Arrowhead). Mango was named the competitions
Outstanding Wrestler. Also, placing first in their weight divisions
for Greco-Roman wrestling were Jacob Curby (LaGrange, Illinois) at 66
kg and Cheney Haight (Drem, Utah) at 74 kg. Other USOEC Greco-Roman
wrestlers placing at Sunkist were Christopher Iorio (Holbrook, New York),
third; Kerry Regner (Darlington, Pennsylvania), second; and Jake Swensen
(Moroni, Utah), sixth, at 60 kg; Marco Lara (Long Beach), fifth, at
66 kg; Jake Fisher (Platte City, Missouri), third, at 74 kg; Jake Plamann
(Appleton), fourth; and Chas Betts (St. Michael, Minnesota), fifth,
at 84 kg; and Jacob Marquardt (Blair, Nebraska) who took third in the120
kg weight division.
MiscellaneousUSOEC director Jeff Kleinschmidt and
USOEC weightlifting coach Ma Jianping were a part of NMUs delegation
to China, which explored educational and exchange opportunities for
NMU students and USOEC athletes. Two boxers and two Greco-Roman wrestlers
and Doug Reese will participate in Caring Houses annual Celebrity
Waiters Dinner in Iron Mountain for Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Local authors corner
Author and sled dog musher Jackie Winkowski of Gwinn has
published a new book, Mikis RaceQuest for the finish line,
which picks up where her first book, Mikis Challenge left off.
The new full-color soft-cover book has a design similar to the first
one but features a longer story told in three chapters. Books can be
ordered from the author, Jackie Winkowski, 270 Flodin Road, Gwinn, MI
49841, for $14.95 including sales tax, postage and handling. Mikis
Race will be available November 20 at local bookstores.
Briefs of political interest
State Senator Mike Prusi (D-Ishpeming) and State Representative
Joel Sheltrown (D-West Branch) are working on ORV legislation that would
permit Northern Lower Michigan and U.P. counties to open county road
shoulders to ORV use. The Michigan DNR recently recommended the closure
of county roads to ORV use, much to the dismay of ORV enthusiasts and
local governmental units throughout the U.P. Almost every county in
Michigans Upper Peninsula already allows ORVs on county road shoulders
at the discretion of county commissioners and road commissioners. A
number of Northern Lower Michigan counties have opened their county
roads to ORVs in recent years. Earlier this summer, Michigan Attorney
General Mike Cox issued a legally non-binding advisory opinion that
indicated these county ordinances may not be valid. The legislation
Sheltrown and Prusi have been working on throughout the year would resolve
an ongoing legal dispute regarding the ability of counties to open public
roads to ORV traffic.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) announced that
the Senate has passed her legislation to preserve and promote Michigan
lighthouses. The Michigan Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Act (S.1346)
would create a federal, state and local partnership to restore lighthouses
in Michigan and promote the maritime culture of the Great Lakes. U.S.
Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) is a cosponsor of the bill. Stabenows
legislation would require the National Park Service to work with the
State of Michigan and local communities to make recommendations to Congress
on the best ways to protect Michigans lighthouses and increase
tourism, including the creation of a Michigan Lighthouse Trail. The
National Park Service is directed to identify sources of funding available
to Michigan communities for preservation and restoration of their local
Local business news...in brief
The Womens and Childrens Center at Marquette
General Health System received $19,726 from the Kohls Cares for
Kids Program at a ceremony held during a Safe and Healthy Families fair
at Westwood Mall; Kohls supports the program through the sale
of selected store items (books and plush toys) four times per year,
with 100 percent of the programs net sales profits being donated
to community outreach programs for children.
Superior Lighting, now located at 1021 West Washington Street
in Marquette, offers a hands-on approach to all lighting needs, including
indoor and outdoor fixtures for all commercial and residential properties
and is owned and operated by Heather Carlson.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced
a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of John Lewis,
owner of Agate Beach Aviation and Houghton resident; Lewis
Master Certificate Flight Instructor accreditation was renewed by NAFI,
the professional aviation education association.
Bell Financial Services opened their new office at 312 North
First Street in Ishpeming.
8-18 Media Book Review
The Thirteen-and-a-half Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
The Overlook Press, 702 Pages
There are some dimensions in which only thoughts can survive and
others inhabited exclusively by unpleasant sensations like hunger or
envy in the form of little red pretzels that can sing. Anything is possible!
Professor Abdullah Nightingale
This story begins when a tiny blue bear cub, floating in a walnut shell
on the edge of a giant whirlpool, is rescued by some compassionate Minipirates.
When Bluebear grows too large for their little boats, he journeys on
a whale to a carnivorous island and ends up on the back of a reptilian
rescuer named Mac. As Bluebear grows up, he encounters danger, adventure
and a little romance.
The best part of this book is the description of the city of Atlantis
because it is so culturally diverse. It is populated by so many different
creatures with varying cultures that it puts any big city we know to
shame. It also has an abundance of different architectures and foods.
It is here that Bluebear superimposes two pizzas on top of one another
and concocts a best-selling recipe, included in the book. The author,
German cartoonist, painter and sculptor Walter Moers, also gives us
amazing drawings of numerous creatures, including olfactil vampires
that helpfully feed on bad smells. Many creatures are left to our own
imaginations. What happens to the city in the end is very intriguing.
This book has a lot of interesting and imaginative ideas and philosophies,
but doesnt take much seriously. Most of the characters are petty,
selfish and lack any sort of depth. Even the brilliant Professor Nightingale
is portrayed as somewhat uncaring. I long for a good fantasy or science
fiction story instead of this satire. Even a good Dr. Seuss book might
be more worthwhileand a lot shorter.
But I couldnt help but laugh when reading this passage:
The Yetis, though, good-natured types at heart, had a regrettable tendency
to sleepwalk when the moon was full. They would breeze into other peoples
apartments and throw out any piece of furniture small enough to fit
through the windows.
The book contains a couple obscenities, a couple brief mentions of homemade
algae cigars, and a satire of the twelve commandments, which might offend
readers of Judaic and Christian beliefs. Despite these questionable
references, this book has a pretty healthy attitude in the end, as well
as being full of stuff that kids love. So I wouldnt deny it to
pre-teens, especially on a rainy day.
Thorin Burkhard-Horn, 17
A word to the wise
Verbum satis sapientibus: A word to the wise is sufficient
The language we speak and the language we write may be thought of as
distinct dialects. In writing, our sentences tend to be longer and their
structure more complex. Our diction is more precise and more varied.
But the most noticeable distinction between the written and spoken word
has to lie in our peculiar spelling, which brings us back to last months
subject. That column briefly traced the history of English spelling,
which over a millennium ago actually did represent the sounds of Old
This month, well look at attempts at spelling reform, most of
which have been like smartly outfitted ships that did not sail too far
from the harborand then sank. Witness the continued use of the
u in build, the b in doubt, inconsistent plurals like mouse/mice
and house/houses, and of course the ubiquitous silent e, to name
a mere few.
Various figures and groups have launched systems addressing these and
many other absurdities. The National Education Association once sailed
out with an ambitious program funded by Carnegie, and the American Philological
Association made a similar effort.
Teddy Roosevelt once ordered the Government Printing Office to embark
on reform. However, as H.L. Mencken has detailed richly in The American
Language, only one individual has produced any lasting, if modest, reformNoah
Let me elaborate on that statement. Another great dictionary maker,
the Englishman Samuel Johnson, had even more influence on our spelling,
but a reformer he was not, preferring the snug harbor of convention.
In fact, it was Johnson who, to a great degree, determined what that
convention was. Before his time, spelling seemed to depend on the whim
of the particular printer. However, as Johnsons Dictionary of
1755 became the overwhelming standard for at least a century, so his
choice of spellings became the norm.
His citations were drawn largely from writers before the Restoration
of the British monarchy in 1660, writers he considered the classics.
His use of revered old texts trumped any notion of phonetic logic.
It was in the new United States, just a few decades later, that Noah
Webster developed a grand plan of reform: a sensible and (mostly) consistent
orthography for a sensible, well ordered and new country. As with his
fellow reformer, the printer Benjamin Franklin, for Webster this new
system would be a patriotic Federal language, one more facet of the
revolt against the corruptions of the Old World.
His early plan of 1789 would, first, omit superfluous letters, for example
using bred for bread and frend for friend. Secondly, he would avoid
unclear sounds, as by substituting speek for speak, greeve for grieve
and tuff for tough.
Websters early productions, however, made few such sallies against
the enemy. His American Spelling Book of 1783 largely used English conventions,
as did his first dictionary of 1806. However, later editions of both
mounted significant revolutionary campaigns like those mentioned above,
beginning with the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.
Alas, not all of his many changes gained acceptance, and, especially
after Websters death in 1843, later editions returned gradually
to convention. Still, later editors supported his legacy in three areas:
Often changing our to or (as in honor and labor)
and re to er (as in theater and center);
In some cases, substituting a phonetic s for c,
as in defense;
Maintaining an assortment of other usages that had become
accepted Americanism, like plow for plough, ax for axe, and jail for
the English gaol.
These reforms remain with us today. How did Webster do it when so many
others failed? Two reasons: the revolutionary fervor that endured in
the nation, and the fact that he published what remains easily the most
accepted dictionary ever.
Word for the month
Amanuensis (uh-MAN-ye-WEN-sis), a noun derived from Latin referring
to a slave or servant with secretarial or writing duties, especially
in copying manuscripts.
Although otherwise working alone, Johnson used the term for those he
employed as his sole assistants, to copy out the thousands of quotations
he marked in old texts. He had another expression to signify his own
His dictionary defines the lexicographer, or dictionary maker, as a
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