Local briefing

Man arrested on drug charges

MARQUETTE — A 28-year-old Atlantic Mine man was arrested Friday on several felony drug charges.

Following a five-month investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, the man was arrested on one count of delivery of methamphetamine; one count of delivery of heroin; and one count of delivery of Dilaudid, according to an UPSET release. The first two charges are 20-year felonies, and the third is a seven-year felony.

The suspect is lodged in the Houghton County Jail. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and other charges are expected.

Event celebrates Walt Whitman

MARQUETTE — Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” can remind people that they are tied to each other and to the cosmos, and that this connection can release them from fear and uncertainty, said “Read, Resist” organizer and poet Beverly Matherne.

To celebrate this connection, 35 readers will gather at Ishpeming Carnegie Library to read all 52 cantos of Whitman’s classic work from 1-3 p.m. today.

“In the poem, Whitman calls us out of our individual grooves and asks us to come forth, to express our obligations as citizens in a free nation,” Matherne said in a press release. “Today this translates into meetings at town halls, in the streets, and at readings like this one, to show opposition.”

Matherne said Whitman’s poem can serve as a tonic against the confusion and division that have come into play since last year’s presidential campaign and Trump’s election.

“Whitman’s poem, with its affirmative view of diversity and equality — of crossing class, racial, and gender boundaries — sends forth into the air a positive rhetoric that restores our sense of solidarity in the world,” Matherne said.

For more information, contact Matherne via email at bmathern@nmu.edu.

Redmen orchestra concert set

MARQUETTE — The Redmen Chorale Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert Sunday that will act as a fundraiser to offset travel costs for a trip to Hawaii.

In Hawaii the group will host performances at Pearl Harbor and other venues, and visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

The concert will take place 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette.