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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

ISHPEMING — Three Marquette County police departments are trying to stop the flow of illegal drugs by teaching fifth-graders about the DARE Program — Drug Abuse Resistance Education. DARE is a nationwide program that educates kids about the dangers of drugs and offers ways to stay away from controlled substances. Ishpeming Police Officer Michael Lovelace will teach DARE at Ishpeming’s C.L. Phelps Middle School starting in September, along with Negaunee Police Officer Jim Hafeman at Negaunee’s Lakeview School, where Sheriff’s Deputy David Kent currently teaches the DARE class. Representatives of all three departments spent two weeks in Lansing learning the program from Michigan State Police, who require a 10-year commitment from local departments. Currently, there are only seven DARE trained officers in the Upper Peninsula and 103 statewide. The DARE program includes an hour a week for each class and much more preparation. Ishpeming Police Chief John Healey said Lovelace will be working nearly full time on the program next year.

90 years ago

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee city concert band will formally open the 1929 open air concert season in the new municipal band stand with a dedication program, John Warren, secretary, said yesterday. Band officers have petitioned the council to purchase additional chairs and a full set of music stands. The common council has formulated a plan under which the grounds are to be improved. It is proposed to place park benches for the use of listeners. During concerts it has been suggested that traffic be barred between Case and Jackson streets east of the city hall and the area used for parking automobiles. The council voted 6 to 5 in favor of offering for sale for removal the small frame dwelling house facing on Jackson street. The area would be used for parking autos. The sale and removal of the building was favored by Alderman Curtis, Koski, Senobe, Hodge, Sylvester, and Defrain and opposed by Blee, Hansen, Jarvi, Ware, and mayor Collins.