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8-18 Media: A day at the cardiologist’s office

When I was born, I spent six weeks in the NICU, undergoing tests and monitoring of my condition. At just four pounds and ten ounces, born two months early, the biggest concern was my cardiac fibroma: a tissue mass located around the area of my heart. People born with a mass like this need to ...

Project Jade: Aspen Ridge School receives communication board

ISHPEMING — The inability to express a thought need not be part of a school playground experience. Aspen Ridge School is a new recipient of a Project Jade outdoor communication board for its playground, which will allow those with limited verbal language to communicate their wants and needs ...

Seeking climate insights

LANSING — The Office of Climate and Energy is asking members of the public for their insights about climate and how Michigan can move toward carbon neutrality by 2050. An online public listening sessions is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and ...

Upcoming Travel Marquette exhibit to feature Highlen’s art

MARQUETTE — Travel Marquette announces a new art exhibition by Julie Highlen, of Northwoods Art Studio, that will be on display in the Travel Marquette Center as of May 19. The artwork will be installed on May 19 and remain on display through the end of June. Highlen’s work, inspired by ...

Spring has been a rollercoaster

“Nothing like the petals of a spring beauty or a marsh marigold to take the sting out of a late snow.” — Anonymous   It has been a roller coaster of a spring and it seems like that is becoming winter’s in the Upper Peninsula. Luckily there has been enough warmth and sunshine to ...

Christie’s Chronicles: In search of a birder’s holy grail

If you’re a birder, there’s no shortage of holy grails.What is a holy grail, you ask? In medieval legend, it was said to be the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and sought by knights during the Middle Ages. In recent legend, it was sought by members of the Monty Python comedy ...

Sights and sounds of Spring in U.P.

“Skeins of Canada geese honking across the blue sky, scores of juncos foraging through open areas, marsh marigolds near bursting in wetlands, and a surprise of a new coat of snow — it’s spring in the Upper Peninsula!” — Anonymous   April is the start of one of the best times of ...

U.P. Reader installment to feature youth writers

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association presents the fifth installment of the U.P. Reader, which will feature the collected works of 32 top U.P. authors. The U.P. Reader also will include winners of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award with divisions for ...

Peter White Public Library announces May youth events

May Kids Take & Make Kit Pickup Monday, May 3. 10 a.m. Peter White Public Library Youth Services. May the Force be with you while you do these Star Wars themed kits! Baby Yoda keychains for ages 8-12 and Baby Yoda Pocket Pals for ages 4-7. Finger Lightsabers will be available for all ...

Spring migration brings new hope

“Birding always bring expectations — especially in spring. Marveling with what actually occurs, enjoying the place, and the day are what ultimately make the expectations inconsequential.” — Anonymous Spring migration brings new hopes and surprises each day to birders. It is an ...

Easter meals distributed to local seniors

On Easter Sunday, the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, in partnership with the Marquette Elks Lodge, prepared and delivered 175 ham dinners to Marquette County seniors, according to organizers. Led by Erin Shei, volunteer coordinator for Little Brothers, more than a dozen Elks and other ...

‘The Women of the Copper Country’ chosen as 2021-22 Great Michigan Read

MARQUETTE — Residents throughout Michigan are invited to join in reading and discussing “The Women of the Copper Country,” Mary Doria Russell’s account of 25-year-old Annie Clements as she stood up for the miners and their families during the 1913 copper strike. The book is ...

Christie’s Chronicles: The ups and downs of aging

For the most part, you’re supposed to get better at some things as you age. The first time I rode a two-wheeled bicycle, I made my inaugural left-hand turn onto a neighbor’s driveway. It didn’t go well. I fell, and then I cried. Fortunately, I now can ride straight and make turns on a ...

Northern lights dance over Sand Point Beach

Reader Joe Marchisotta of Wetmore submitted this photo he took of the northern lights over Sand Point Beach in Munising around 11:30 p.m. March 13. Did you take a great shot of the sunset over Teal Lake? Or did you happen to snap a captivating image of wildlife? The Mining Journal is accepting ...

Rain brightens winter’s remnants

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. — Langston Hughes A little bit of rain has come again to the Upper Peninsula, washing away more remnants of a Winter season hardly experienced. The moisture dampened the ...

8-18 Media: Sweet 16 in quarantine

This past year, I have written a lot about how much plans have changed and had to be re-molded because of the pandemic. On February 27th, I turned 16 -years- old. Words cannot explain how happy I was to no longer be 15, because less than three weeks after my 15th birthday, Covid hit, so this ...

Gifts of season are arriving

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” — Jim Rohn   Spring winds have begun delivering the gifts of the season to the Upper Peninsula. In an unusual spring prelude, parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and the Lower Peninsula have ...

Birds herald all that is spring in the UP

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” —   Victor Hugo Birds, they are a ‘flying. They seem to be holding up their part in ringing in March and all that is spring. Temperatures ...

Spring’s a glorious sensation

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.” — Lewis Grizzard Some days, it is just feeling like spring. The quality of the sunlight, the warm, driving winds, and the melting snow on Tuesday seemed to just be shouting, “Spring, spring!!” It was a ...