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'Leviathan' to be presentedMARQUETTE - CineArts Films at Peter White Public Library, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, presents the multiple award-winning movie "Leviathan" at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Community Room.This is an hour earlier than usual and is a special BYO Dinner ...

A different kind of resolution:

To think soon I'll be writing the year "2016" on an almost daily basis still boggles my mind, but at least it means we made it through 2015 intact.It's been a strange and challenging year, from needless gun violence and expanding wars, to tone-deaf politicians, rising costs and the general ...

Conservation district marks 60 years

MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Conservation District celebrated a year of noteworthy achievements Wednesday at the Ore Dock Brewing Co.The MCCD, however, celebrated not only a busy 2015 but its 60th anniversary.Cameron Fuess, the district's chairman of the board, talked to community ...

War on Christmas: Is it happening or is it absurd rhetoric?

This is a serious question: Have any of you ever actually been chastised for saying "Merry Christmas" to someone?Since early November, the annual Facebook posts about "not being afraid" to say Merry Christmas or "not being politically correct" by saying Happy Holidays has been put up on ...

Socks in the hundreds

MARQUETTE - They're not diamond earrings, but the socks donated by Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers to Rock the Socks! still should be appreciated.The annual sock-collection campaign involves students from Marquette Alternative High School, located at Vandenboom in Marquette Township, who ...

It’s that time again: Many battle blues this time of year

The holidays. A time to put up lights, pick out gifts, gather with loved ones and partake in the spirit of the season.But for a whole lot of people, the season is anything but bright.And the contrast between what we're expected to feel and what we really feel can make it that much harder.Some ...

TRIO Upward Bound

HANCOCK - Tracie Leix enjoyed the three years she took part in the Finlandia University TRIO Upward Bound program, and in part because of that experience, she recently received an award recognizing her efforts during and after high school.Leix, who is manager of the local agency program with ...

Tragic shootings: Can anyone find a reasonable solution

Columbine. Newton. Roseburg. Now San Bernardino.All places families call home, communities that deserve to be known for so much more than being the site of another mass murder by gun.Let me start out with this fact: I am not an anti-gun person. My father was a responsible gun owner as are the ...

NMU student, alumnus complete field work in state of Alaska

MARQUETTE - Clayton Queen, a Northern Michigan University environmental science major from Cedar,recently completed grant-funded field work on Alaska's North Slope as part of the international Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring IV program.He was the only undergraduate student on the team and ...

Illness of addiction: Attention, compassion needed for problem

Whether it's affecting celebrities, artists, business leaders, a local lawmaker, a child, someone you love or you yourself, the mysterious power of addiction, which can destroy careers and lives, deserves a closer look and better understanding from the public eye.As The Mining Journal prepares ...

Hygiene for the homeless

MARQUETTE - The focus of the Nov. 16 meeting of Boy Scout Troop 302 wasn't building a campfire or tying knots. Instead, the Scouts assembled hygiene kits for Room at the Inn, which provides shelter and a warming center for needy area people.Scout Ian Parkkonen, 12, of Marquette, is coordinating ...

Time to give thanks: Even in toughest times, blessings are abundant

It is far too easy to get caught up in a woe-is-me attitude when circumstances and situations seem to be conspiring against us. And when the whole world is fraught with tragedy, it's even more challenging to keep a positive attitude.Thanksgiving week is an ideal time to try to switch things ...

Celebrating CWU: Group disbands, but friendships remain

MARQUETTE - Life changes and evolves, but that doesn't mean it's always easy for the people involved.Church Women United, organized in 1941, disbanded for good Nov. 6. The occasion was marked with a World Community Day Celebration at First United Methodist Church in Marquette. Miriam Hilton has ...

Sean Astin engages audience at NMU

MARQUETTE - The lessons actor Sean Astin has gathered in his life, such as "Keep moving forward" and "Ask your parents questions," can be picked up in many professions, but it's particularly entertaining when you learn them playing Samwise Gamgee in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and a ...

Compare and contrast: News stories cover quite a wide range

Some mornings, it's part of my job to scan The Associated Press wire service feed and select stories to appear on news section pages. Those are mornings when the task of designing pages falls into my set of responsibilities..It's distressing, of course, that so much of what's available from ...

Granot Loma

By CHRISTIE BLECKJournal Staff WriterMARQUETTE - $40 million might get you a really nice penthouse in Manhattan. The same price in Powell Township will get you a lodge, a farm, a windmill and 20,000 feet of prime Lake Superior frontage.Those features are part of the historic Granot Loma, a ...

At your service: Mean girls vs. better dogs of our nature

I attended a lecture recently, one of those lovely, open-to-the-public visiting speakers offered by Northern Michigan University.I sat behind a young woman who had a beautiful golden retriever at her feet wearing a service dog's vest. The woman wore a black pea coat that she never took off, ...

Citizen scientists at the forefront

MARQUETTE - Getting an ecosystem back in balance can come down to citizen scientists and their interest in creatures such as the solitary ground-nesting wasp.The sixth annual Northern Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference, this year entitled "On the Horizon: Innovation, Integration, ...

Electronic character: Chose a television friend but do so wisely

Have you ever been watching television and think to yourself "I wish (insert character name here) was my friend?"Am I just weird for having thought that many times through all these 50-plus years of TV watching? Because when I was a kid, I remember wishing that Dancing Bear from "Captain ...

Session on balance scheduled

MARQUETTE - A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple ...