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Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE –Testing their knowledge of scientific fact and theory was the order of the day Saturday for 170 middle and senior high school students at Northern Michigan University. The regional Science Olympiad sponsored by the Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics at NMU was the testing ground. Students from across the Upper Peninsula were challenged with everything from egg dropping and tree identification to bridge building and qualitative analysis. “Our programs are for the kids. If they say this event was fun, then they get to see that science is fun,” said Phil Larsen, director of the Seaborg Center. Most of the events involved working in teams, such as Nick Nazarko and Richard Vorbeck, both 15-year-old sophomores at Superior Central High School. Last year, there were 105 students from 10 school districts competing, said Duane Fowler, head of the Physics Department at NMU and coordinator of the Olympiad. Winning teams have the opportunity to travel to the state championships downstate later this spring.

60 years ago

ISHPEMING — With two sponsors assured, the Babe Ruth Baseball League is steaming ahead with plans for sanction with the national organization and a season of play, if the snow ever stops coming down. Already the Kiwanis Club of Ishpeming and Bietila’s Sporting Goods have stepped forward to announce that they will sponsor a team. Two more sponsors are needed for a four-team league. A bake sale will be held tomorrow at Stamm’s Electric by the auxiliary of the newly formed league. Funds from the sale will be used for sanction fees and other expenses connected with the program. With four teams, 60 boys between the ages of 13 and 16 may play organized baseball with adult supervision this summer. Coaches and umpires are also being selected. Newly elected officers of the league are Ted Mattson, president; Art Hebbard Jr., vice president; William Hickey, treasurer; Ed Holmgren Jr., secretary; Mrs. Fred J. Berg, publicity director; and Fred J. Berg, chief of the umpires.

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