Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Knotty knitters

MARQUETTE — Reminiscent of a good old-fashioned quilting bee, a group gathers weekly to create garb that keeps people warm — only with yarn and needles instead of fabric swatches and batting. The Knotty Knitters meet at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Messiah Lutheran Church at the corner of Fourth ...

Pink flamingos, plastic tulips and snowplows

When you grow up on a farm, the last thing you think about is planting flowers because there’s so much other work demanding attention. When I was young the only flowers in our yard were the ones that grew wild, but in 1968 when the trailer arrived all that changed. Although my folks still ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 8-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

A mile at a time

MARQUETTE — Hiking 100 miles is a challenging way of staying healthy for a senior, but it doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once. There’s a special challenge out there to doing it in one calendar year. In 2016, the North Country Trail Association celebrated the National ...

Fondly recalling the Thursday night bellyache

The other day, my brother and I were chatting and the conversation turned to something Ed referred to as the “Thursday Night Bellyache.” I had no idea what he was talking about so he patiently explained. The gist of what he said went like this. When a kid doesn’t want to go to school on ...

Negaunee Township man helps locate Lake Superior shipwreck

NEGAUNEE — For maritime and mining historian Dan Fountain, his underwater adventures began with his first shipwreck dive at age 8 when he held his breath and swam 6 feet below the surface to explore the wreckage of the schooner George Sherman near the family camp along Lake Superior. Now ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Aerobics, 10 a.m., Senior Center No CAAM Meal Pinochle, 1 p.m., Senior ...

The glory and bane of New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are often made but seldom kept. It’s human nature to promise all sorts of things and then renege. We don’t mean to fall off the diet or booze wagon. It just happens. For the first few days of the New Year we’re all aglow with the progress we know we’ll make ...

Fourth time’s the charm

GULFPORT, Miss. — Four times Retired Navy Chief William “Wild Bill” Allen asked his sweetheart to marry him before she said yes. Allen, 91, and Jamie Simpson Shubert, 76, exchanged their wedding vows with smiles and laughter Nov. 20 before a standing-room-only crowd. They were wed ...

Musings of a Matriarch: Hey, be of good cheer, it’s almost over

By now I hope you’ve done all your shopping, hung your stockings from the mantel or doorknobs, and chosen your Christmas goose, turkey, or ham. If you haven’t, you have two more days to do all the things you should have done a month ago. It’s too late to bake a Victory fruitcake or a ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Aerobics, 10 a.m., Senior Center Tai Chi for Arthritis, 11 a.m., Senior ...

Teenager dedicates life to finding World War II vets

LOS ANGELES — For as long as he can remember, Rishi Sharma’s heroes haven’t been sports stars or movie stars or any other kind of stars. They’ve been the U.S. combat veterans who won World War II. Alarmed that even the youngest of them are now in their 90s and dying each day by the ...

Memories of Christmas trees and cherries

In the old days there was no such thing as a fake Christmas tree. Those of us who lived on a farm got the tractor going and headed for the woods. If we were smart, we scouted out the best trees long before snow fell, marked them, and remembered where they were. If not, we trudged through deep ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Twp. Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 pm, Clubhouse Exercise Class, 8-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Dancing to good health

MARQUETTE — You don’t need exaggerated movements or the woman holding a rose stem in her mouth to enjoy performing the tango. Participants in the Northern Center for Lifelong Learning’s tango workshop simply learned a few basics, like the correct hold and body position. Teaching the ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 8-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

Musings of a Matriarch

Yesterday I was listening to songs by the Scottish born singer, John McDermott. The title of his CD is “Remembrance” with the subtitle of “If ye break faith—we shall not sleep.” The quote is taken from John McRae’s poem, “In Flanders Field.” One song in particular always touches ...

Local artist blends various media in paintings

MARQUETTE — Mixing watercolors and acrylics is no great artistic transgression. At least it isn’t to Ron Morgan. Morgan, 68, of Marquette, mixes those two media. He acknowledges watercolor bleeds a bit. However, it has its good points. “With watercolor, you get more detail ...

Whitetail season revealed gift in the woods

There’s an old fellow I know who built a structure in the woods. It started out as a simple shack where men could gather in November, shoot deer, and swap stories around the campfire. It was what you might call an outdoor man cave. When year after year the guys complained about the cold and ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 8-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...