NMU Hoops Alumni Signs to Harlem Globetrotters
PHOENIX, AZ October 15, 2014 – Fresh off of their annual training camp in New York, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters have signed six outstanding new players for their much-anticipated 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” World Tour.


The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters in 1971. The new crop of rookies will be counted on to help fend off that challenge.


“The Globetrotters haven’t played the Generals in five years, and we hear they have been going to the ends of the earth to find the best players to help them get that elusive victory,” said Globetrotters Legend Sweet Lou Dunbar, the team’s director of player personnel, “but the Globetrotters have also reloaded with a terrific rookie class, so we will be ready.”


Among the Globetrotters’ 2015 rookies is DeAndre “Dragon” Taylor, who spent time with the NBA Development League’s Springfield Armor in 2012 after leading Northern Michigan University in scoring and rebounding that year.  The 6-4 Chicago native and dunking sensation sports a 45-inch vertical leap.


Other members of the Globetrotters’ rookie class include Angelo “Spider” Sharpless, who spent time with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers in summer league action in 2013.  The 6-4 leaper from Plymouth, North Carolina was the Boxtorow Division II National Player of the Year and CIAA Player of the Year his final season at Elizabeth City State University (N.C.). He led the conference in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and was third in scoring (20.5 ppg), while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Sharpless was the only player in the conference who was in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots. He was a two-time All-CIAA honoree (2012, 2013), and this reverse alley-oop to himself in 2012 earned the #1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.


Tyrone “Turbo” Davis of Northwood University (Fla.) was selected by the Globetrotters in their 2013 player draft.  The speedy 5-4 Davis, from Staten Island, New York, was a 2012-13 NAIA Division II All-American after leading the nation in assists per game at 7.86. Davis also led the Seahawks – where he played for legendary coach Rollie Massimino – with 2.3 steals a game, earning a spot on the Sun Conference All-Defensive Team to follow up his 2011-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year campaign.  Davis set the school record for career assists and steals before he even entered his senior season, a season in which he helped lead Northwood to a 30-4 record.


Blessed with a 44-inch vertical leap, Chris “Smooth” Staples took an unconventional path to the world’s most famous basketball team – from former football standout to highly-sought show dunker. The 6-3 Detroit native – cousin of Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Woodley – was recruited to play football at Wayne State University (Mich.) and Eastern Michigan University but found his true calling as a professional dunker.  He has performed his high-wire act in over 20 countries around the world, has been featured by Sports Illustrated, has become a YouTube sensation with an array of dunking highlight videos, and was even coached by LeBron James during an exhibition game played during NBA All-Star weekend in Houston in 2013.


Detroit native Carlos “Dizzy” English played parts of three seasons in the NBA Development League after averaging 8.3 points per game in his career at Cleveland State University. The 5-9 dribbling dynamo played the two years prior to his time at Cleveland State at Mott Community College (Mich.), where he helped lead the team to a 61-10 record over that span.


Tydran “Crash” Beaty played basketball at the same school as current Globetrotters Showman Hi-Lite Bruton, Benedict College (S.C.). The 6-6, Union, South Carolina native – sporting a 7-foot-2 wingspan and tremendous strength and leaping ability – help the Tigers to consecutive conference championships and NCAA Division II Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013.


The first-year players will join a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Moose Weekes – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu – as the Globetrotters will play over 310 games in more than 250 cities in 49 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces from December 26, 2014, and will run through May 2015.


More information on the Globetrotters’ tour and purchasing tickets – as well as details on group and scout tickets – can be found at


Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site:


Calendar – Fun – 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacle – Oct. 25

Marquette – The 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacle will be held on Saturday, October 25 in downtown Marquette.

The City and Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. This years’ theme is Spirits of the Lake.

At 6:30 p.m. the community is invited to join in processions from the Peter White Public Library, Mattson Lower Harbor Park, Harlow Park and the Rock Street Parking lot converging in the Marquette Commons at 112 S. 3rd Street. The Halloween Spectacle will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 228-0472 or email

Calendar – Fun – Trick-or-Treat In Downtown Marquette – Oct. 25

Marquette – The Marquette Downtown District business community will provide a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick or treat on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bring your little ghosts and goblins to go door to door collecting goodies from the local businesses before heading to the Halloween Spectacle at the Marquette Commons at 7 p.m. Participating locations will have orange “Welcome Trick or Treaters ” signs in their windows.

Calendar – Fun – Halloween Event at Marquette YMCA – Oct. 25

Marquette – A free, safe, family friendly and fun Halloween event will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Marquette YMCA.

Enjoy a”spooktacular” morning of face painting, arts and crafts, games, and more. The first 75 youth to the event will receive a free T-shirt.
This event sponsored by Econo Foods and is open to the community of Marquette County.

For more information, contact Laura Murawski at 227-9622.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Craft Sale and Bazaar in Negaunee – Oct. 25

Negaunee – The Negaunee Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign War will offer a craft sale and bazaar on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of VFW Post 3165 on Gold Street in Negaunee.

A soup luncheon will be available. There will be Simply Said wall decals, Janet Wisuri breads, Ci-Ci Body Treats, items from Tastefully Simple, Avon, wood crafts, white elephant items, knitted and embroidered items and much more.

For more information, call Renae at 475-4000.

Calendar – Fun – Haunted House and Trunk-or-Treat – Oct. 25

Marquette – The 3rd Annual Haunted House and Trunk-or-Treat will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 111 E. Ridge Street in Marquette.

Wander through the Haunted House, if you dare. There will be free hot dogs, punch, hot chocolate and coffee. The parking lot will be full of cars with their trunks loaded with candy for the “trunk or treat.” Admission is free and all are welcome.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Annual Clothing Resale in Negaunee – Oct. 25-26

Negaunee – The Annual Clothing Resale will be offered on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 from noon to 3 p.m. Lakeview Elementary School Gym, 200 Croix Street in Negaunee.

There will be many gently used items from baby clothes to adult sizes. Many items will be marked down to half price on Sunday.

For more information, call Diane at 475-0229.

Calendar – Fun – Pumpkin Carving Workshop – Oct. 25

Marquette – In preparation for the 3rd Annual Halloween Spectacle, a free Pumpkin Carving Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marquette Commons on South Third Street in Marquette.

The Halloween Spectacle will be held the same day. For more information, call 228-0472 or email


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Wow Animation Classes at U.P. Children’s Museum – October 21st

Marquette, MI October 20, 2014 -Wow Animation, a creative program for children and their families, has released its schedule of classes for the upcoming months.

Through Wow Animation, young filmmakers will learn a variety of animation techniques. They’ll have the opportunity to write scripts, create puppets, record dialog, collect special sound effects and both shoot and edit their own animated films.

The goal of the program is to provide affordable and quality learning opportunities to everyone who is interested in the art of animated movie-making. Wow Animation is fortunate to have professional instructors, equipment and software to provide the best possible learning experience in a safe and friendly environment. The Wow Animation studio is located at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, in Marquette.

The first seven-week, claymation classes are set for Tuesdays (Claymation I) and Thursdays (Claymation II), from 4:45 until 6:15 p.m. between October 21st and December 11th. There will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

There are also brickfilming classes (with Lego or Playmobil toys) coming in January and March, followed by cutout puppet animation and pixilation classes coming in April and May.

The classes cost $95 per student, with materials and equipment included. Also available are open animation station hours in one-hour slots Mondays from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per hour. Reservations must be made by the previous Friday.

For more details on class schedules, samples of our students’ work and registration information, visit You can also register by phone, email or in person at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, by calling (906) 226-3911, ext. 104, or via email at

Keynote Presentation on Advance Care Planning Open to the Public October 21st

Marquette, MI- Stephanie Anderson, a Senior Consultant/Faculty for Respecting Choices at Gundersen Health System, will be speaking on Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30pm at the Great Lakes Rooms in the Don H. Bottum University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. Anderson’s presentation will close out the first day of the 2014 Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference. Her presentation titled, Designing an Advance Care Planning System That Works, will provide an overview of Advance Care Planning, the importance of system development, and how to create and sustain an effective Advance Care Planning program.

“I am looking forward to bringing Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning (ACP) information to the state of Michigan. There is coordinated and innovative ACP work happening across the state with a goal of knowing and honoring a person’s healthcare treatment decisions in the event they are unable to speak for themselves” says Anderson. “Respecting Choices differs from conventional Advance Directive initiatives, which help account for its success in achieving care in greater accord with a person’s wishes. This evidence-based model of care is being implemented in many areas of the state.”

The Tuesday night presentation is free and open to the general public. The event is hosted by Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine, and brought to you in part by the NMU School of Nursing with generous sponsorship by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

The Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference will be held on October 21 and 22 at Northern Michigan University. The conference will feature keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and preconference interactive workshops. General registration is available at the rate of $125 for those who register through October 12th and $50 for verified students. For more information on the conference and registration please contact Lake Superior Hospice at 906- 225-7760 or visit their website at

U.P. Energy Summit October 28th
The Annual U.P. Energy Summit will cover a variety of topics that are of great importance to the State of Michigan and its Upper Peninsula. Presentations and guest speakers will include:
Valerie Brader, Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Snyder
Chairman John Quackenbush, Michigan Public Service Commission
Commissioner Sally Talberg, Michigan Public Service Commission
Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
American Transmission Company

Utility and Public Power Representatives

The conference will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI. The conference is tentatively scheduled to run from approximately 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Be sure to register online at: by October 21st.

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Country Inn & Suites in Marquette, MI. Please call the hotel directly by October 13th to make your reservation, as these rooms have been reserved on a first come-first served basis.

Country Inn & Suites

2472 US Highway 41 West
(906) 225-1300
Rate: $89.00 per night
Group Name: UP Energy Summit


If you have questions about the conference, please contact Sandi Dax at (920) 433-5543.

Archaeology Fair at the Marquette Regional History Center Saturday, October 18th

MARQUETTE – Spend a fun afternoon learning all about archaeology. International Archaeology Day is celebrated throughout the world on this day. This Marquette fair will introduce youth and adults alike to archaeology through hands-on activities, dig site stories, interactive games and displays, and more. Local experts will be here to share their work (artifacts!) and expertise. Our fair this year will honor the late Dr. John Anderton.

Come discover archaeology throughout the whole museum on this day, through our galleries and many interactive fair booths. See what is being discovered all around your Upper Peninsula region. Check out, where we are listed among fairs all over the world on this day. Fair included with the cost of general admission.

Marquette Regional History Center 145 West Spring Street, Marquette, MI 49855 906.226.3571 Museum admission prices: adults: $7, seniors: $6, students: $3, youth 12 and under: $2.


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