Author Gretchen Preston to visit Negaunee Public Library June 23rd

June 22, 2016

MARQUETTE, MI — “Valley Cats” author Gretchen Preston will visit the library at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Gretchen will talk about how to explore books with your five senses. She will also share stories about the valley cats. Meet her service dog Floyd, too! This presentation is appropriate for children, who must be accompanied by a loving adult. As always, this event is free to the public.

Raptors for Vets – June 22nd

June 21, 2016

Chocolay, Michigan –  On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 the Chocolay Raptor Center will host a fundraiser for National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette. NAMI-A/M will introduce “Homefront”, their newest class for families, partners and friends of service members and veterans experiencing a mental health challenge.

This fundraiser coincides with the arrival of the Traveling Vietnam Wall, and is a rare opportunity for the public to meet the Chocolay Raptor Center’s 3 ambassador raptors (great horned owl, red-tailed hawk, and peregrine falcon). The event begins at 5:30pm at Frazier’s Lake Superior Yacht Yard (adjacent to the Lake Superior Theatre and Mattson Park in Marquette). Suggested donation is $15 per person and children are free.

For more information call 906-249-3598 or 906-360-7107.

Week Long Art Celebration in Marquette, Michigan June 19th Through June 25th

June 18, 2016

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is proud to present a week long programming event dedicated to arts, culture and community called “Art Week.” This program is a collaborative effort to highlight and promote local artists by featuring regional artwork, live performances, and demonstrations in downtown businesses and storefronts. Art Week, which runs June 19 to June 25, will also feature art receptions and street performances.

A comprehensive map with a list of Art Week events can picked up at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front St. in Marquette, or at any of the participating businesses after June 10. A list of participating artists and businesses can be found at

For more information please contact the Art Center at (906) 228-0472 or email arts-

State Tells Michigan Seniors and Others Who Received Medicare Reductions Notices That Checks Won’t Decrease

June 18, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders who recently received a letter incorrectly saying their Medicare Part B premiums would no longer be subsidized need not worry about reductions in their Social Security checks due to this error.

A Michigan Department of Health and Human Services technical system error caused the Social Security Administration to erroneously send the letter to about 12,000 seniors and people with disabilities around the state who receive Medicare. They are among nearly 250,000 people in Michigan enrolled in the Medicare Savings Program, which helps pay Medicare premiums, coinsurance and deductibles.

“We want to make sure that people who received the incorrect letter understand that they won’t see a reduction in their Social Security checks because of this error,” said Chris Priest, deputy director of Medical Services for MDHHS. “We quickly corrected the mistake before any checks went out and are working now with our federal partners. MDHHS understands the worries that this faulty information caused seniors and other residents. We apologize for the confusion caused by the system error.”

MDHHS has implemented a technical correction and submitted updated information to the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working with the Social Security Administration to update the information. MDHHS is closely monitoring the situation and working to ensure Social Security checks are correct.

In addition to the 12,000 incorrect notices, about 3,000 people who are no longer eligible for the Medicare Savings Program were sent notices stating that they will no longer receive that benefit. These are notices MDHHS sends to anyone who is no longer eligible due to losing Medicaid eligibility or because changes in income or assets made them ineligible for the Medicare Savings Program. These individuals would have received a notice from both Social Security Administration and MDHHS. Individuals who incorrectly received notices would have been notified by the Social Security Administration only.

The Social Security Administration will be sending corrected notices to Medicare recipients affected by the error. There is no need for these individuals to take any action. Anyone who has questions can contact their MDHHS caseworker.

U.P. Book Market to Be Held at Peter White Public Library: Eighteen Local Authors to Meet Their Public Friday, June 17th

June 16, 2016

MARQUETTE, MI —On Friday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Peter White Public Library, in association with the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, will host a U.P. Book Market—the event will be like a farmer’s market, but devoted to the display and selling of books by local authors.

The event is the brainchild of Gretchen Preston, Vice President of the U.P. Publishers and Authors Association, and author of the Valley Cats children’s book series. “We are always looking for ways to get the public more interested in reading and local authors, and we also appreciate the support the Peter White Public Library constantly provides to authors, so we thought we’d have an event at the library and raise some money for it. Every author who participates will be making a donation to the library.”

Heather Steltenpohl, Development Director and fellow coordinator of the U.P. Book Market, added, “This event is a such a great showcase of literary talent in the Upper Peninsula. PWPL is fortunate to have the support of organizations like the UPPAA. Funds raised at this event will benefit the PWPL’s Annual Fund which helps provide materials and programming.”

The list of authors attending will encompasses the entire U.P. literary scene and beyond. They are: Aimée Bisonette, author of North Woods Girl (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Corey LaBissoniere, author of Land of Enchantas (Houghton), Sharon Brunner, author of Shadow Travelers (Sault Sainte Marie), Larry Buege, author of the Chogan Native American Series (Harvey), Mikel Classen, author of Teddy Roosevelt and the Marquette Libel Trial (Sault Sainte Marie), Deborah Frontiera, author of Living on Sisu (Lake Linden), R.E. Kelly, author of The World According to Luke series (Escanaba), Sharon Kennedy, author of Life in a Tin Can (Brimley); Jesse Koenig, author of Brief Perversions (Baraga), L.E. Kimball, author of Seasonal Roads (Newberry), Tim LaJoice, author of Little Whittle: Tale of a White Beaver (St. Ignace), Tamara Lauder, author of Breaking Free Too: Taking a Flight With a Butterfly Toward Self-Discovery (St. Germain, WI), Sonny Longtine, author of Magnficent Mansions and Courtly Cottages (Marquette), Martyn Martello, author of Serial Killer Confessions: Just Friends (Marquette), Paulette Noble, author of the A Virtual Reality series (Escanaba), Rondi Olson, author of All Things Now Living (Munising), Gretchen Preston, author of the Valley Cats series (Chocolay Township), Janeen Pergin Rastall, author of Objects May Appear Closer (Gordon), Richard Smith, author of hunting and wildlife books (Marquette), Tyler Tichelaar, author of The Marquette Trilogy (Marquette), and Lloyd Wescoat, owner of Mudminnow Press (Copper Harbor).

In addition to authors selling their books, several children’s authors will participate in activities for younger readers. “Summer is a fabulous time to encourage children to read,” said Preston, “and, hopefully, this event will get them excited about reading just as the school year is ending.”

The festive event will include additional attractions. Before you can relax with a good book, you may need help relaxing, so Nancy Ring, a massage therapist, will be on site to provide massages. Superior Mobile Koney will be providing mouth-watering delights to book market visitors. Live music will be performed throughout the day, and face-painting will be available for all the young at heart. The musical schedule is: 12:00-1:00pm – Corinne Rockow (musician and storyteller), 1:30-2:30pm – Kerry Yost and Dylan Trost (experimental instrumentals and eccentric, folksy songwriting), and 3:00-4:00pm – Tanya Stanaway (Finnish music).

The event is being held in conjunction with the 19th annual U.P. Publishers and Authors Association Conference, which will take place the following day on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room and Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library. This year’s conference will host several speakers on writing, publishing, and book marketing, including keynote speaker Judith Briles of Aurora, CO, who is nationally known as The Book Shepherd. Those interested in attending the conference can find more information and register at

The Negaunee City Band First Concert of 2016 Wednesday (June 8th)

June 7, 2016

Negaunee, Michigan – The Negaunee City Band plays its first concert of the 2016 season on Wednesday (June 8) at 7:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street. The band will play weekly though August 3, with all concerts scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Some seating is available, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs.

The band will also participate in a number of parades, including the Memorial Day Parade on May 30 and the Firemen’s Memorial March on June 5, both in Negaunee. The band will march in Negaunee’s Pioneer Days Parade on July 9 and in Ishpeming’s Independence Day Parade.

Learn to Row with the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club

June 6, 2016

Learn to Row with the Upper Peninsula Community Rowing Club

Marquette, MI – Public Information Meeting: Tuesday June 7th, 5:30PM for youth, 7:00 PM for adults

Peter White Public Library Community Room 217 N. Front Street, Marquette

Orientation Day/Dry Land Training: Wednesday, June 8th, 6:00PM Marquette Senior High School 1203 W. Fair Avenue

For more information: Contact Gail Brayden (906) 361-7234

Forsyth Township Public Library – “The Power of Reading” June 13th – July 23rd

May 31, 2016

2016 Summer Reading Program Details

Forsyth Township, Michigan – The program runs for six weeks from Monday, June 13th, through Saturday, July 23rd.

Sign up begins the first day of the program, Monday, June 13th. Children from birth through middle school will receive a bag, reading log, and a free book—just for joining! Bring your parents if you can, but you can still sign up if they can’t make it.

Our kickoff party is Wednesday, June 15th, at 5:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this! We’ll have refreshments and (drum roll please) movie characters you can get your photo with!

This year we’re giving away lots of books! The donations of generous patrons have made it possible for children from birth through middle school to earn a book a week throughout the six weeks of the program. Earning prizes is easier than ever! Read for ten periods of fifteen minutes each, and get a reward. You can earn two prizes each week.

We’ll also have weekly drawings for extra prizes, and grand prize drawings at the end of the program.

(No one is left out! We have a program for high school students and adults, too.)

Contact the library for more information: 346-3433.

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