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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years

MARQUETTE — Soccer fans across the country have high hopes that this summer’s World Cup matches in the U.S. will boost the popularity of the sport nationwide. And local soccer players are picking this summer to get adults out on the field and kicking. The Marquette Area Soccer Association is organizing co-ed pickup soccer games through September for adults of all skill levels. This is the first regularly scheduled soccer opportunity for adults in the area, according to organizer Marc Hefke. He hopes enough will show up Saturday and Sunday afternoons at one of two Chocolay Township soccer fields so that full-scale 11-on-11 games can be played. A new Olympic-sized soccer field — which will be part of the new River Park Sports Complex, should help provide more space for adult soccer, he said. The weekly games will emphasize recreation and fun, but Hefke and other local soccer buffs hope to create competitive adult leagues in the future. Noting that soccer is a world sport, Hefke said the local group of players attracts its share of transplanted Yoopers who hail from distant parts of the globe. “We have people from Mexico…China, Algeria, Iran, Sweden,” he said. The skill levels are as varied as the cosmopolitan backgrounds, ranging from people who’ve played on Mexican minor league teams to those who haven’t played since they were kids. Hefke added, “It’s laid back. It’s a good way to meet people.”

60 years

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech’s division of continuing education will offer three summer seminar courses for high school students interested in getting a head start on important college skills. The courses are in English, mathematics and typing. Except for typing, they are designed specifically for high school juniors and seniors, to provide a margin of experience and confidence to help make the adjustment to college methods less abrupt. No prerequisites are required. The typing course will begin Monday. It will meet for two hours each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for four weeks. Claire Cashell will serve as the instructor. The English course will begin Thursday, June 18. It will meet from 7-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for three weeks. Instructor will be Gary Toffolo, instructor in English at Tech. The math course is scheduled to start Aug. 17, with meetings from 7-9 p.m. five nights per week for three weeks. George Bahrman, professor of mathematics, will conduct the course.

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