Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Noting notable people

MARQUETTE — The cover of Sonny Longtine’s new book shows photos of notable Upper Peninsula people. Even longtime residents of the region might not know all of them by sight, but they should after reading the book. Longtine has just published “U.P People: Incredible Stories About ...

Buying a present and getting it right

While shopping at my favorite store, Tractor Supply, in the Soo, I decided to buy my brother an early birthday present. I’ve long since stopped giving him gag gifts or anything as sensible as a plunger that looks like a rifle. You’ve probably seen them in junk catalogs. All you have to do ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Piece-ful art

MARQUETTE — If you want to just keep warm, a store-bought flannel blanket or cotton bed cover should suffice. If you want to keep warm with a work of art, a quilt is the better choice. The public will have a good opportunity to view these creations at the Autumn Comforts Quilt Show set ...

There is no such thing as a chicken crow

At one time or another, we’ve all seen a crow dining on a dead skunk or some other unlucky rodent lying in the middle of the road or alongside it. Saturday I was driving to Brimley and wondered if the crow on the road ahead of me would fly away before I hit it or if this time my car would end ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

‘Haunted Marquette’

MARQUETTE — People who have lived in Marquette for decades might have heard a spooky tale or two about the city. Whether they are true is up for debate, but they at least can enjoy learning about them from Tyler R. Tichelaar’s latest book, “Haunted Marquette: Ghost Stories from the Queen ...

Butter has an amazing resilience all its own

The butter was cold this morning, a sure sign that fall’s on its way. The last few weeks have been exceptionally warm and downright miserable for those of us who look forward to a new season. I keep my butter dish in the cupboard, and lately I’ve had to scoop the butter with a spoon and ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Long-term nursing home care costs are surging

Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year. Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push the median cost of care that includes adult day care and assisted living communities up an average of ...

Time to scrub the shower, tidy up that room

Every time I step out of the shower I promise myself I’ll clean it, and the second I pull the shower curtain closed, I forget about it. It’s not memory loss or old age that makes me forget. It’s because I don’t want to clean the shower. It’s a difficult, boring, monotonous task. ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Sunken Treasure

Dan Fountain of Negaunee Township spent a good deal of time this summer searching for the downed steamer Choctaw in Lake Huron. His efforts paid off, and then some. On July 15, Fountain, 66, and his boating partner, Kurt Fosburg of Negaunee Township, discovered a shipwreck on the fourth ...

Musings of a Matriarch: The cycle continues as we welcome autumn

I was walking down the road the other morning and noticed the fields were full of vegetation going to seed. I thought about the seasonal cycle and how nature knows when it’s time to wrap up one season and prepare for the next. The fields and forests have no calendar or smartphone to alert ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Musings of a Matriarch: Once again, fooled by the packaging

My Legacy Box arrived last week. For a year I listened to ads assuring me all my photos, slides, DVDs, and VCR tapes will be preserved for posterity through the efforts of the company. For $50.00 they promised to transfer 75 slides to a disk. I finally took the plunge and ordered the box. Then ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Senior Expo addresses variety of issues

MARQUETTE — The topics again were varied at Wednesday’s well-attended Senior Expo at the Holiday Inn. The annual event, sponsored by The Mining Journal, featured speakers who were scheduled to talk about the spine and the aging process, food access and diabetes, funeral pre-planning, ...

Marquette woman celebrates ‘almost 100th birthday’ with friends, family

MARQUETTE — She’s not quite 100 years old yet, although that will come in a few months. However, friends and relatives turned out at a Sunday community open house at First Baptist Church in Marquette to celebrate Sadie Merchant, whose full name is Sadie Eleanor White Johnson Merchant — ...

Watching others work is great motivator

Spruce budworm has created havoc with my trees. Last year I hired Northern Tree Service of Dafter to take down a few, but some were too close to the power line and Andy LaPonsie, the owner of the business, suggested I call Cloverland Electric. I took his advice and made the call a few weeks ...