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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 — Local water safety and recreation officials say they’re pleased with Red Cross efforts to stem an increase in the number of drownings locally in recent years. The Marquette County Chapter of the American Red Cross has developed six new water safety programs to reduce drownings, according to water safety coordinator Sharon Rice.

“The best way to protect yourself is to learn to swim,” Rice said. “There are a number of important water safety practices and rescue skills that everyone should learn.”

The new American Red Cross water safety programs are: Infant and Preschool Aquatic Program; Longfellow’s Whale Tales; Basic Water Safety; Emergency Water Safety; Lifeguard Training; and Safety Training for Swim Coaches. John Turausky, director of the city of Marquette Parks and Recreation Department said, “people need to be instructed from the earliest possible age, that being in a safety mode near any water is the best way to go.” Petty Officer Terry Rice of the U.S. Coast Guard station at Marquette agreed. “The Red Cross swimming programs play a major role in preventing tragedy.”

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — With the mercury steaming near the 90-mark, today was the warmest day of July, but the season’s eighth heat wave, which is due to come to an end tonight. Meteorologist Don Wick said a mild cold front was approaching from the West, and that it would result in moderate temperature changes, bringing relief to area residents. Hundreds of children and adults flocked to Shiras Pool yesterday as the temperature rose to 88 degrees. Beaches, pools and parks were crowded. The temperature for the month is averaging 2.3 degrees above normal. The long-range forecast, which covers the period from tonight through next Monday, calls for temperatures averaging 74 to 82 degrees. It will turn cooler tonight, when the low will be about 65. A warming trend is expected again Sunday, followed on Monday by rain and scattered thundershowers.