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Copper Country ISD gives out annual awards

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District held its annual Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education Dinner Awards Ceremony last week at the CCISD building in Hancock.For the past 13 years, the PAC has been honoring people in the three county area who have made an ...

Spiffing up the salon atmosphere

MARQUETTE - If there's any workplace that needs good lighting and a soft, welcoming atmosphere, it's a beauty salon.The cosmetology program at Northern Michigan University showcased recent upgrades to its salon at the Jacobetti Complex at an April 20 open house.Better lighting, a dropped ...

Crazy modern living: Simple tool can help put it in perspective

MARQUETTE - We operate at a speed in our culture that is giving us collective whiplash.It feels to me as though my whole messy life is balancing on a point like a circus act. The elephant knee is quivering above an inflated ball, which is ready to burst under the animals, jugglers and acrobats ...

Memories retained: New home summons warm recollections

MARQUETTE - My earliest memories are almost entirely based at the house I grew up at on Michigan Avenue in Gladstone.I remember so clearly building forts with my brother in the large cedar bush that lined our back yard, laughing and arguing as our 120-pound golden retreiver, Reggie, barked and ...

From classroom to climate: NMU students organize fair

MARQUETTE - Although they had help from vendors, the April 16 Spring Community Climate Fair came about mostly due to the efforts of Northern Michigan University students.The event, which took place at MooseWood Nature Center, featured vendors like the Northern Climate Network, the Climate ...

Oh, what a weirdo: Hated word becomes welcomed description

The older I get, the less it bothers me to be called a weirdo, because, well, I am a weirdo.Weirdo was an insult that cut me to the quick in my youth. Like so many other young people, I longed to fit in and be an integral part of things, be it a circle of friends or in a classroom setting. But ...

Including the internet in the war against invasives

MARQUETTE - If species like the emerald ash borer, garlic mustard and Eurasian watermilfoil can invade landscapes, perhaps they should invade your thoughts as well.Residents seeking information and insight on Michigan's invasive species are invited to visit the state's new Michigan Invasive ...

Ceramics for the young set

MARQUETTE - An art education major typically focuses on two major things: the art itself, and educating people about that art.Amanda Kucharek, a senior at Northern Michigan University, is majoring in art education with a concentration in ceramics. She balances her efforts between her unique ...

Friend, hero, confidant: Mom deserves thanks, more on her birthday

MARQUETTE - When I think about my childhood, it's mostly a blur. But it's my mother who stands out the most.Relationships with our parents are always complicated. I don't see eye to eye with my mom on a number of things, but her role in my life has been unambiguously, overwhelmingly and ...

Traversing America’s trails

MARQUETTE - If James Lunning isn't an avid hiker by now, he soon will be.Lunning, who hails from Minneapolis, recently came through Marquette as a thru-hiker on the North Country Scenic Trail.At 4,600 miles, the North Country Scenic Trail is the longest of the national scenic trails, stretching ...

Family cancer scare: News from loved one brings perspective

MARQUETTE - A few weeks ago, I got the dreaded phone call. One of those calls where before words are even spoken, you know that something isn't quite right.My mom had just left the doctor's office. She was told she had skin cancer."I'm going to be OK," she said, speaking softly in an attempt to ...

Grandfathers: Cherish offer to spend time together

By now, most of you have probably read about the grandfather - the PaPaw - who had invited his six grandchildren to dinner, making 12 burgers, only to have just one of the kids show up for the meal.Shared on Twitter, a photo taken by the one granddaughter who did make it was retweeted thousands ...

Munising man pens chapter for new book

MUNISING - David Kronk of Munising has interesting memories of working for the National Park Service. Now other people can share them as well as the recollections of other NPS employees.A new book published by the Yosemite Conservancy, "The Wonder of It All: 100 Stories from the National Park ...

Dreamer’s dreams: Better society, world possible if we try

MARQUETTE - In a world that seems increasingly obsessed with data, technical minutiae, sales, profits, individual attainment and winning, I often feel left behind.I suspect there's some kind of structural or chemical difference in my brain, because it's involuntary and, at times, pretty ...

Local climbing group receives national award

MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula Climbers Coalition has been awarded a 2015 Sharp End Award by the Access Fund for successfully opening the AAA Walls to recreational climbing.The rock formations are in a remote area off Marquette County Road 510 outside of Big Bay.The Access Fund, based in ...

Body image basics: There’s much more than meets the eye

MARQUETTE - While paying for gas a few weeks back, the cashier stopped, looked at me, cocked his head to the side and asked, "Did you get punched in the face?"Throughout my life, I've been asked this question several times, along with many others addressing the port-wine stain birthmark on my ...

Centennial celebration

MARQUETTE - Migratory bird biologist Katie Koch gets emotional when she thinks of Marquette's connection to the Migratory Bird Treaty, the centennial of which is being celebrated this year.Koch, based in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Marquette Township, talked about migratory ...

Bicycle bling

MARQUETTE - It's probably a bit much to try to make a necklace out of a bicycle tire, but the smaller bits and pieces from a used bike make much better bling.Revolutions, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving the community through bicycling, held a recycled bike jewelry class for adults on ...

Springfield a treat: Veteran musician rocks, inspires crowd

Rick Springfield, thank you for giving me hope. And a great evening of music.Best known for the ubiquitous "Jessie's Girl," Springfield has been rocking for many years and the last weekend in February, he took to the stage at Island Resort and Casino in Harris for a concert some dear friends ...

Survival of the fittest: Limping through the last of winter season

MARQUETTE - It's happened a couple times already: That feeling when you step outside into unexpected sunshine, and the smell of melting and the sound of birds sends your heart into the clouds.Counterintuitively, this is the hardest part of winter.Don't be tempted into thinking spring has ...