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Christie’s Chronicles: A window’s-eye view

Seeing the world from my kitchen window this time of year is limiting, yet full of wonder. First of all, frost in a variety of patterns often covers the window, which in itself is really aesthetic. In the vein of no two snowflakes being alike, no two frost patterns seem to be alike either. They ...

What’s Flying: What will March bring this year?

“The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and cloud, and changing skies, I hear the rushing of the blast, That through the snowy valley flies.” — William Cullen Bryant, March Next Monday starts a new month, and March is always a month of uncertainty in the Upper Peninsula. ...

Life with Gorlin Syndrome: Part two

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a two-part series. Part one was published in the Feb. 13-14 weekend edition of The Mining Journal. I sat anxiously in the waiting room before my first surgery, clutching my mom’s hand as my tiny legs swayed under the chair, my toes unable to touch the ...

What’s Flying: There’s hope already for spring

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words — and never stops at all.” — Emily Dickinson It seems as though winter is just starting with a few snow storms and lots of temperatures cold enough to begin sealing up the largest lake ...

What’s new at PWPL

Now is a wonderful time to curl up with a book, and cook some comfort food! “7 Ways” (2020) 641.555 OL Jamie Oliver brings us another wonderfully practical cookbook. This book is intended to give you new ideas for ingredients you are already familiar with. In fact, you can likely cook ...

Sunset skaters spotted at Teal Lake

Reader Anna Mattson of Negaunee submitted this photo showing ice skaters enjoying Teal Lake as the sun sets. Mattson said she later found out her granddaughter was in the group. Did you snap a great shot of the sun rising over Lake Superior? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of ...

What’s Flying: Birds are reacting to the bitter cold

“Cold is merciless. It shows you where you are. What you are.” — Wim Hof Birds and humans alike have recognized the dangers of the extreme cold. More food and shelter from the wind will help tremendously. But the cold is showing. It has had an immediate and dramatic effect on the open ...

New at Peter White Public Library

With social distancing, people have been asking for a lot more book recommendations than they usually do, and one of the most common requests I get is for “just plain good books.” This is a pretty tall order, because there are just so many. But, to start you off, here are a few of our ...

Listening to birds important

“If you make listening and observation your occupation, you will gain much more than you can by talk.” — Robert Baden-Powell Birders learn that listening can be just as important to finding and identifying birds as sight. Birding at night often leaves them and researchers listening for ...

Lake Bancroft sunset dazzles in Ishpeming

Reader Sue Danielson submitted this photo of the sun setting over Lake Bancroft in Ishpeming. Have you snapped a notable photo in the local area? Did you take a great shot of the sunset over the Dead River Basin? Or did you happen to capture a stunning image of local wildlife? The Mining ...

What’s flying: Birders are visiting snowless Marquette

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” — Sarah Addiall Snow flurries seems to be all winter can muster so far this winter. Snowfall totals have continued below the yearly average for this time of year. ...

$1,000 scholarships offered for high school students

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Honor Credit Union has announced it is offering applications for the annual Honor Credit Union Community Commitment Scholarship. The credit union will award a $1,000 scholarship to 23 graduating high school or home school seniors throughout honor’s communities. ...

What’s Flying: What’s yet to come this winter

“What is there kindlier than the feeling between host and guest?” — Aeschylus   This winter has been like few others in so many ways. Thus far, the weather has continued on a mild, gentle path, just now again showing a bit more of its true self, with a dash of snow and a nip from ...

DNR council has open spots

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on both the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in ...

Ishpeming VFW sells pasties

ISHPEMING — VFW Post 4573, 310 Bank St., Ishpeming, is having a pasty sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2. Call 485-4207 or 486-8623 to reserve a pasty. People may call 486-4856 the day of the sale to see if organizers have any extra pasties.

Sault Tribe starts online gaming

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Kewadin Casinos announced that after more than a year of work on regulations and review, the Michigan Gaming Control Board has authorized the Sault Tribe to begin online sports betting and online gaming at noon today. ...

DNR seeks input on strategy for public lands

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking input on a comprehensive strategy for more than 4 million acres of public lands. The draft of the DNR’s updated strategy to tap into the power of public lands for the benefit of Michigan’s residents, natural resources and ...

Beech leaf disease added to state invasive species watch list

LANSING — The Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development announced Wednesday the addition of beech leaf disease to the state’s invasive species watch list. Invasive species on the watch list have been identified as posing an immediate or potential ...

Superior’s waves meet frozen shore

Reader Kathy Taylor submitted this photo of Lake Superior’s waves crashing against ice-covered rock formations along the shoreline. Did you take a great picture of a freighter arriving in the harbor? Did you capture a beautiful photo of freshly fallen snow? Or did you happen to snap a ...