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Calendar – Films/Documentaries – Matinee Movie Series to Screen “Queen of Katwe” – June 1

Marquette – Matinee Movies Series will screen “Queen of Katwe” on Thursday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

In this 2016 movie, a young Ugandan girl’s life changes when she learns how to play chess. It won 10th place in the African-Americans Film Critic’s top ten film awards, and won best family film from the Women Film Critics Circle Awards. This biographical drama is rated PG and runs 2 hours 4 minutes. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the movie in a dinner theater setting. Closed captioning will be on to ensure access for all.

There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

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Calendar – Films/Documentaries – BYO Dinner Theater to Screen “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – June 1

Marquette – Film fans are invited to enjoy a bring your own dinner film event with a screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Thursday June 1 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

In this prequel to the Harry Potter series, Newt Scamander’s adventures begin when he misplaces his magical suitcase containing fantastic beasts in New York City. This 2016 fantasy adventure is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 13 minutes.

There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

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Calendar – Community – 12th Annual Cemetery Walk: World War I Remembered – June 1

Marquette – The 12th Annual Cemetery Walk: WWI Remembered will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park Cemetery on 7th Street in Marquette.

To mark the 100th anniversary of WWI, hear the compelling stories of local men and women who served both at home and abroad, such as Francis Bashaw who was killed by friendly fire, Richard Jopling ambulance driver, Robert Young, a naval pilot, Nurse Ida Erickson and several others. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten. Music of the period and taps will be heard as you are guided through the cemetery.

Park inside the cemetery gates. There is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571.

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Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Crystal Falls – June 1

Crystal Falls – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Thursday, June 1 from 1 to 5:15 CDT at Crystal Falls United Lutheran Church in Crystal Falls.

For an appointment, call Pearl Ross at 875-3197 or Pat Kosiba at 875-3187. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Calendar – Youth – “The Scribblers” Teen Creative Writing Club Meeting – May 31

Marquette – “The Scribblers” Teen Creative Writing Club will meet on Wednesday, May 31 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to expand their creative storytelling skills with fun writing prompts and unlimited encouragement.

The event is free of charge. For more information, call 226-4323, visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Community – Apprenticeship Recruitment Open House in Marquette – May 31

Marquette – An Apprenticeship Recruitment Open House will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Michigan WORKS Office, 1498 O’Dovero Drive in Marquette.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community cordially invites you to attend this open house to explore employment opportunities in the building trades. It is open to anyone who is interested in working on the Casino Project or one of the many other projects that are or will be happening in the local area. This is the first step toward your potential employment and career.

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Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Hancock – May 31

Hancock – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Wednesday, May 31 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center-UPHS, Portage in Hancock.

For an appointment, call Clint Kyro at 281-0537.

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Calendar – Music – Bluesday Tuesday Jam Session – May 30

Marquette – A Bluesday Tuesday Jam Session will be held on Tuesday, May 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Bring your voice, guitar, harmonica, bass, trombone, trumpet, saxophone or whatever you play to jam along with other blues musicians. Learn something new or brush up on your blues style! All are welcome, including listeners!

There is no admission charge to attend this event which is co-sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.

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DNR To Hold Open House on Proposed ORV Route in Mackinac County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an open house for next week to gather public comment on an off-road vehicle route connector proposal in Mackinac County.

The proposed ORV route would connect Moran and Detour, and neighboring communities.

The open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday May 30 at the Clark Township Hall, located at 207 North Blind Line Road in Cedarville.

“This connector will provide access to a number of communities and services needed for destination riding of ORVs,” said Paul Gaberdiel, DNR recreation trails specialist for the eastern Upper Peninsula. “This route proposal has been initiated by the Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club grant sponsor and is supported by local townships. The connector would use a variety of national forest, county and state highways, and state forest roads, totaling over 100 miles.”

A variety of partners supporting the proposal include the U.S. Forest Service’s Hiawatha National Forest, affected county road commissions, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the DNR.

View a map of the route and connections from Cedarville to Detour and from Moran to Cedarville.

For more information, contact Gaberdiel at (906) 293-5131.

To learn more about ORV trail riding in Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

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Boat Launch Improvements Completed at Victoria Dam in Ontonagon County

Ontonagon, Michigan – With walleye season now open, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials have announced improved access to good fishing opportunities at the Victoria Dam via a boat launch facility improved recently by the Upper Peninsula Power Co.

“The improved boat launch site now includes parking for both cars and trucks with trailers, four spots each,” said Jarrod Nelson, UPPCO environmental specialist. “Additionally, the upgrades have provided added space for launching boats, with an improved grade for pulling in and out of the boat launch.”

The project, which was funded by the Bond Falls Mitigation Enhancement Fund, which UPPCO maintains, was completed to improve recreational access to the Victoria Reservoir and improve parking at the site. Work began in August 2016 and was completed in October.The Victoria Dam on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River provides good sport fishing opportunities.

UPPCO owns and operates seven hydroelectric generation stations in the Upper Peninsula, including the Victoria station, a facility on the West Branch of the Ontonagon River, built in 1931, with two units having a combined 12 megawatt capacity.

George Madison, DNR fisheries manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, said the Victoria reservoir provides a very attractive fishery for walleye, bluegill, largemouth bass and black crappie.

“Pond-reared walleye are stocked here on a periodic basis, but natural reproduction from resident walleye spawning in the gravel upstream reaches of the impoundment helps maintain an annual supply of legal-size fish (15 inches),” Madison said. “This reservoir is an excellent body of water for catching walleye by means of trolling the mid-water drop offs, or by jig fishing in the opening pocket-points to the bays.

“Yellow perch are one of the natural forage favorites of walleye here, so anglers fishing yellow and green body-bait lures will be able to mimic perch as a bait item.”

UPPCO has posted signs in the area downstream of the dam impoundment, in cooperation with the DNR, reminding anglers of a DNR fisheries order in place there for roughly 30 years.

That order closes the West Branch Ontonagon River — from its confluence with the Victoria Hydro Station tail race (T50N, R39W, SE ¼ of the SW ¼ of S29) upstream to Victoria Dam to all fishing from April 1 through June 10.

The rule is in place to protect concentrations of spawning fish.

A regulated utility, UPPCO serves approximately 52,000 electric retail customers in 10 of the Upper Peninsula’s 15 counties, or about 12 customers per square mile. The company’s service territory of 4,460 square miles covers primarily rural countryside.

The improved boat launch facility at the Victoria Dam is shown.Industries served by UPPCO include forest products, tourism and manufacturing.

The company’s assets include seven hydroelectric renewable energy generation facilities and two combustion turbines providing a total generation capacity of 79.5 megawatts.

“UPPCO’s hydroelectric projects provide wildlife habitats and offer recreational opportunities on land and water for Upper Peninsula residents and tourists to enjoy, while they also help to support the local tax base,” Nelson said.

UPPCO owns 4,354 miles of distribution lines that traverse some of the most heavily-wooded areas in Michigan. UPPCO also operates 58 distribution substations.

Find out more about UPPCO’s hydroelectric projects, including tips on how to stay safe near dams.

For more information on fishing in Michigan, visit the DNR’s webpage at: www.michigan.gov/fishing.

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DNR’s Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer Updated With Fresh Content

DNR’s Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer Updated With Fresh Content

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the annual update to its web application designed to inform the public on local and regional trends in abundance, growth and survival of important fish populations in selected streams across Michigan is complete.

The application was developed and launched by the DNR in 2014 and summarizes data collected from a network of fish population survey sites, with data for some sites going back to 1947.

“The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer features more than 40 streams that represent a range of conditions in terms of stream size, temperature and Great Lakes access,” said DNR fisheries research biologist Troy Zorn. “The focus is on streams with long-term data and naturally reproducing populations of trout, Great Lakes salmonids or smallmouth bass to provide users with information on self-sustaining fish populations around the state.”

Since trends in stream fish populations largely are influenced by regional climate and flow conditions, repeatedly going back to the same locations annually provides a clear understanding of trends in a stream. Users will be able to see what the population trends are in different areas of the state by comparing trends for key sites in each region. For fishery managers, understanding regional trends is critical to determine the best course of management on these streams, as well as interpreting survey data on streams that are surveyed less frequently. Understanding these trends is equally important to anglers, watershed or conservation groups, and the public.

Anglers, fisheries professionals and the public can look up a river and see what the most recent trends are in terms of abundance, growth and annual survival of selected fish species. Information can be viewed in map, graph or table formats. Approximately half of the sites are sampled each year, with new data added to the Trend Viewer each spring.

The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer app can be found at http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/fishpop/#.

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NCLL Hosts Oregon Trail Presentation – 5/3/17

Marquette, MIMay 2, 2017 – The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning will host a presentation about the Oregon Trail from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Negaunee Senior Center. There will also be an optional lunch at 11 a.m.

Researcher and author Robert Dobson, who has traveled the Oregon Trail four times, will lead the presentation. He will share diary excerpts, interactions with Native Americans, maps and photos of wagons and equipment, the hardships of the trail itself and the influence of weather and disease.

The cost is $3 for NCLL members and $8 for non-members. The Negaunee Senior Center is located at 410 Jackson St. in Negaunee. For more information, contact Carole Bard at 228-9367. Register before Tuesday, April 25, by calling 227-2979 or emailing ncll@nmu.edu.

 

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