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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

REPUBLIC — The Republic Township Economic Development Committee is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a new business that would employ at least 10 full-time people. The reward is the brainstorm of EDC Chairman Ken Salo, who said it has produced positive results elsewhere. “I got the idea from a fella from an EDC downstate who got the idea from someone in central Missouri,” said Salo. He said the township can offer an incoming business or businesses low-cost industrial sites, tax abatements for up to 12 years for qualified industries, and assistance during planning stages. “We’re looking at this from the long view,” Salo said. “Right now we don’t have anything to keep our young people in the area after they graduate from high school.” Christine Nolan-Mattila, Republic Township clerk, said the township board strongly supports the EDC effort.

60 years ago

CALUMET — “Look Back in Anger,” one of the most successful dramas to play both sides of the Atlantic in the past 10 years, opened last night in Calumet’s Keweenaw Playhouse. It will run through Saturday. The play, written by John Osborne, revolves around the character of Jimmy Porter, a tousle-haired, dirty-sweatered young English “beat,” a tyrant who keeps his devoted wife in an attic hovel. Richard Burton and Mary Ure starred in the Broadway production. In the Keweenaw Playhouse offering, Jimmy Porter is portrayed by Paul Berry, David Willis is cast as Cliff, an easy-going counterpoint to Jimmy’s violence, and Jean MacDonald plays Allison, the wife who must bear Jimmy’s scorn and suspicious love.

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