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Calendar – Youth – Summertime Scribblers Creative Writing Club Meeting – June 28

Marquette – Summertime Scribblers Creative Writing Club will meet on Wednesday, June 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Zone of the Peter White Public Library.

All students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to begin filling the pages of their journals with summer memories and other great writing! Materials will be provided, thanks to funding from Dr. Allyn Roberts in memory of Forest Roberts.

The event is free. For more information, call 226-4321 or visit www.pwpl.info.

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Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Gwinn – June 28

Gwinn – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Wednesday, June 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the VFW in Gwinn.

For an appointment, call Joyce Styer at 346-7595. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Calendar – Youth – Cardboard Creations – June 28

Marquette – Cardboard Creations will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Get creative with cardboard and tape! Join in for a fun hour of imagining, designing and building forts and toys with cardboard. The event is free and for all ages.

For more information, call 226-4320 or visit www.pwpl.info, or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Music – Negaunee City Band Concert – June 28

Negaunee – The Negaunee City Band will offer a concert on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street in Negaunee.

The band will play weekly through August 9, with all concerts scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Some seating is available, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs.

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Calendar – Elder Care – “Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics” Presentation – June 28

Marquette – Lindsay Juricek, Regional Manager of the Upper Peninsula Division of the Alzheimer’s Association, will present a talk entitled “Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics,” on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.

There is no admission charge to attend, thanks to sponsorship by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Peter White Public Library. For more information, call 228-3910, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.

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Calendar – Entertainment – The Inspiring Art of Film: An Art Week Event – June 28

Marquette – The Inspiring Art of Film: An Art Week Event will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Marquette Regional History Center, 145 W. Spring Street in Marquette.

Join local authors Milton Bates, Lynn Domina, Kathleen Heideman, Daniel Rydholm and Russell Thorburn as they share their work and clips of the films that inspire them. Popcorn will be provided. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds go to the MRHC.

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Calendar – Youth – Aerodynamics and Paper Airplanes at Carnegie Library in Ishpeming – June 27

Ishpeming – Aerodynamics and Paper Airplanes will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming.

Join Brett from Northern Michigan University’s Aviation Maintenance Club as he discusses airplanes and aerodynamics. Use your new skills to build a paper airplane and test it out!

The event for ages 5 to 9 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, and for ages 10 to 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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Calendar – Health – Pint of Ice Cream for a Pint of Blood – June 27

Marquette – Pint of Ice Cream for a Pint of Blood will be held on Tuesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the U.P. Regional Blood Center, 420 W. College Avenue in Marquette.

Help the Blood Center ensure there will be the blood needed to get through the 4th of July weekend. Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream courtesy of Culvers. A lite lunch will be served at 11 a.m.

For more information, call Sallie Coron at 906-225-4610.

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Agriculture Census 2017

Upper Peninsula Farm Census – The Census of Agriculture is the only complete count of US farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It includes even the smallest plots of land – rural or urban – growing fruits, vegetables, or raising food animals, if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year. The information produced by the Census of Agriculture guides Congress, agribusiness, policymakers, researchers, local governments and many others on the creation and funding of agricultural programs and services – decisions that can directly impact your local operations and the future of the agriculture industry for years to come.

New farmers or existing farmers who have not participated in a prior census still have time to sign up and be counted through the end of June. Visit this website to participate. The survey takes less than a minute.

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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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