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Family fun night at school set

MARQUETTE - On March 1, the Father Marquette Catholic School teachers, families and staff, will host a Family Fun Night for all community families with children age 4 to 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the middle school, 414 W. College Ave., in Marquette.All community and Catholic parish families are ...

Book group to discuss Lusitania

MARQUETTE - The Peter White Library Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Dandelion Cottage Room at the library to discuss "Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson."On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of ...

Battling winter blues: Time to get out and and enjoy season

MARQUETTE - Around this time every year, it's easy to get sucked into the wintertime blues.The weather is cold, the snow is piled high and we're greeted by the moon before having a chance to even enjoy dinner.In years past, I could be found succumbing to the slowed down pace of life, curled up ...

Solstice to Equinox

MARQUETTE - Ornate costumes and the sound of various percussion instruments were part of an unusual wintry scene that filled part of the Northern Michigan University campus last Monday night.Marquette percussionist Carrie Biolo and NMU dance instructor Maria Formolo - with Formolo's ...

Conference on agriculture planned

MARQUETTE - Michigan State University Extension is hosting the 10th annual Agriculture for Tomorrow conference in Escanaba on March 8 to help Upper Peninsula farmers stay informed, up-to-date and profitable.Topics will include alfalfa and mixed forage management, U.P. beef feedlots, malting ...

Movie binges rule: Warming up a chilly weekend with films

Every now and again, a movie binge is just the trick to help unwind after a busy week. That's what went on with me this past weekend, with the end of the NFL season and the extra chilly temperatures prodding me to rent some DVDs.Haven't become a Netflix or Hulu client like most of the world, ...

Rising star

HOUGHTON - A Michigan Tech University scientist recently became one if only six researchers around the country to receive a prestigious biomedical award.Feng Zhao, whose work involves building nanoscaffolds out of natural materials to grow tissues, was given the Rising Star Award by the ...

3-year old’s advice: Nuptials planning shouldn’t cause worry

She sometimes puts her shoes on the wrong feet, she doesn't always remember to include the number "nine" when counting and she can get a little crabby when it's time for a nap.But at just 3 years old, my niece has taught me a lot more about life than one would believe a tiny human could.After ...

Jinkerson receives hikers chapter award

MARQUETTE - Over the years as president of the North Country Trail Hikers chapter of the North Country Trail Association, Lorana Jinkerson has written a children's book about the trail, maintains its Facebook page, oversees the chapter newsletter "Footnotes" and is a major advocate for the ...

No fun to snow fun: Trying to revive love for winter a challenge

The wind was gently swirling the snowflakes as they fell and I thought, "It's beautiful, like a snow globe."Then I wondered when it was that the words beautiful and snow stopped being in my sentences together. Because when I was a child, I thought winter was awesome. My mom had to drag me into ...

Author to autograph books

MARQUETTE - TV host Tom Daldin will sign copies of his book, "Under the Radar Michigan: The First 50" from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday at Snowbound Books in Marquette.Everyone is welcome.

Chassel Township adds cardboard recycling

CHASSELL - Chassell Township is now offering cardboard recycling at its waste transfer station at the Chassell Township Garage, increasing Copper Country residents' opportunities to create second lives for boxes that would otherwise clog landfills."Anybody can bring cardboard," said Lynn ...

Ringside seat on life: Crime beat provides extraordinary access

Writing for a newspaper has changed me.Some days, I go into work with a cup of coffee and smile on my face, anxiously awaiting the day's assignment.Other times, it makes my heart sink.Being a crime reporter takes its toll. Day after day, I write about abuse, violence and pain.I see it with my ...

Observing MLK Day: Message never more important than now

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American leader whose life was ended by an assassin's bullet almost 48 years ago.King was just 39 years old when he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Contrary to the U2 song ("In the Name of Love") that ...

RSVP has new director

By CHRISTIE BLECKJournal Staff WriterNEGAUNEE - Two weeks into her new position of director of Aging Services and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Marquette County, Julie Shaw has some ideas on improving RSVP.Shaw previously was community services director for the Superior Alliance of ...

Throwback logger: U.P. man gets back to basics in harvesting timber

HERMANSVILLE - Forwarders and harvesters are among the common giants in the woods around any commercial logging operation, but one Upper Peninsula man - though practicing on a smaller scale - has help from a whole different type of giant: his Belgian draft horses.Horse-powered logging is ...

Unnoticed miracles: Embrace what you can, and cannot, see

"A pearl is a temple built by pain around a grain of sand. What longing built our bodies and around what grains?" - Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) Lebanese poet and philosopherMARQUETTE - As human beings, we have a funny way of disconnecting ourselves from all kinds of realities.Take for instance ...

MMA-fighting missionary fights for ‘Forgotten’

DALLAS (AP) - Eyes blackened and his face red with a sheen of sweat, mixed martial artist Justin Wren pounded his chest and raised his other arm in victory.This win was different. This time it wasn't for him.Moments after being declared the winner Aug. 28, Wren slipped into Swahili as he spoke ...

Remotely annoyed: Hitting the mute button a big part of modern TV watching

It's a bad habit, but sometimes the television at my house is on in the background while I am doing chores or reading. However, when I am actually paying attention to what's on the screen, the remote is never far from my reach.It's not so much about any given program's content that causes the ...

Upgrades possible for Father Marquette Park

MARQUETTE - Father Marquette Park is a nice place for tourists to glimpse as they drive by.However, it's probably best appreciated if people take the time to walk through the park, and if planned improvements are made to the historic site, their visits should be greatly enhanced.The Michigan ...