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Lunchtime Book Discussion of “My Berlin Kitchen” by Luisa Weiss on Monday, April 21st

April 20, 2014

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN - Tasty Reads, a book group for readers who love to cook, will meet for a lunchtime book discussion of “My Berlin Kitchen” by Luisa Weiss on Monday, April 21 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room.

Luisa Weiss was working in New York when she decided to cook her way through her massive recipe collection. The Wednesday Chef, the cooking blog she launched to document her adventures, charmed readers around the world. But Luisa never stopped longing to return to her childhood home in Berlin. A food memoir with recipes, “My Berlin Kitchen” deliciously chronicles how she finally took the plunge and went across the ocean in search of happiness—only to find love waiting where she least expected it.

Participants are invited to enjoy sample recipes inspired by the book. New members are always welcome.

The Tasty Reads meets monthly at the library and there is no admission charge. For more information visit or call 226-4303.

My Berlin Kitchen Cover

My Berlin Kitchen Cover

GINCC Townwide Rummage Sale Applications Available

April 20, 2014

Applications for the 2nd Annual Townwide Rummage Sale are now available at the Chamber office and on the Chamber website!

This year’s date has been set for Saturday, June 21st.

Residents of Ishpeming, Negaunee, Champion, Republic, Michigamme, and the surrounding townships are all welcome to participate.

A list of registered rummage sale locations will be made available at the Chamber office and, once finalized, on the Chamber website. The list will include your address, sale hours, days your sale will run, and the top three items for purchase. Your name, phone number, and e-mail address will not be published. Each participant is free to set their own hours for their sales.

Maps of the Ishpeming-Negaunee area will also be available at the Chamber office and at local businesses.

Designated space will be available in the Chamber parking lot for residents to use who may live too far from town to have a sale at their home. If using the Chamber parking lot, you must provide your own table(s).

The Chamber office will not be open during the sale.

REGISTRAION FEE: $10.00, non-refundable


For more information, please contact the Chamber at:

Phone: (906) 486-1111

E-mail: Website:

Marquette Native Running to Help the Fight Against Cancer April 21st

April 20, 2014

On April 21st, 2014, Peter Lorinser will be running 26.2 miles for a very special cause: finding cures for cancer. On Patriots Day, which is better known to many New Englanders as Marathon Monday, Peter is running the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team.

In order to raise awareness and to raise money to aide the fight against cancer, 25-year-old Marquette native, Peter, is running as a member of the DFMC team. Your support of his run will help fund essential cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His goal is to raise $10,000!

100% of the funds raised goes to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Cancer Research at Dana-Farber. A donation helps foster scientific breakthroughs by advancing the work of gifted researchers in a variety of basic research disciplines helping them to discover better treatments to enhance patients’ quality of life and hopefully a cure from someone’s cancer.

For the past two years Peter has been working in Boston, MA as a Special Education Teacher. As a special education teacher, Peter has the privilege to work with very courageous children; some of who, unfortunately, have battled with cancer but have suffered consequences of their treatment with resultant special educational needs. One student, in particular, has had a life changing impact on Peter. This student has successfully put cancer (leukemia) into remission and is the one of the most diligent, kind, and hardworking kids Peter has met in his young teaching career. His tenacity and optimism are the primary reasons why Peter has been compelled to run for charity. When Peter told his students that he was thinking of running the Boston Marathon but was having second doubts about doing so because of the level of commitment, this student left Peter this note on his desk after class:

Who is your hero?
• “Mr. Lorinser”
What character traits make him heroic?
• “Ability to overcome challenges”
What actions (obstacles, challenges, etc..) make him a hero?
• “Teaching with no teeth” (recent adult hockey injury which made
his teaching job difficult with nine injured or missing teeth and
double jaw fracture but back to work in several days)
• “He is going to run a marathon for charity”
Do you think other people will view him as a hero, too?
• “Yes”

This note inspired Peter to go forward with the Marathon “How couldn’t it?” Peter often says. His student’s story is, unfortunately, not unique and there are far too many like his. Peter is running the Marathon to raise money and awareness about cancer. By giving a gift to his run you are playing a vital role in bringing an end to the challenge of cancer.

Go to to visit his personal web page and help him in his efforts to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

If you would like to personally contact Peter to gain more information on the marathon and learn how to support his efforts, you may contact him directly at

Michigan Health Endowment Fund receives first BCBSM payment of $100 million

April 19, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp, and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board announced the first payment of $100 million into the new Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

“This marks yet another important step in our efforts to improve the health of Michigan senior citizens and youths, which has been my priority throughout this process,” said Snyder. “The significance of this first contribution to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund cannot be overstated. I am confident that with this first payment of $100 million we will see a positive impact on the lives of Michigan residents for years to come. Moving forward, the board members are focused on the health and wellness of Michigan families as they begin their process to identify initiatives for funding.”

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board was created though passage of Public Act 4 of 2013, which authorized certain changes to how BCBSM operates in the state. The law requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

“Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is pleased and proud to make this initial contribution to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund,” said BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. “It is an expression of our ongoing commitment to make our state healthier and stronger while helping those Michigan residents most in need of quality health care. This contribution is an affirmation of the fact that despite change all around us, our commitment to Michigan remains our guiding force. It has been that way for 75 years and will remain so in our future as a nonprofit mutual organization.”

The payments BCBSM makes to the fund have an annual cap of $50 million, but also allow for the fund to benefit when BCBSM has a strong financial year. After a strong year in 2013, BCBSM was able to contribute $100 million to the fund for its first payment. This means that Michigan Health Endowment Fund now has additional funds to secure its social mission through the development of programs to improve public health, and the quality, cost and access of health care for Michigan residents.

The fund’s purpose is to benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents with significant focus on programs for minor children and seniors through the state. Priority areas include infant mortality, wellness and fitness programs, access to healthy food, technology enhancements, health-related transportation needs and foodborne illness prevention. In addition, the fund is required to implement a program to subsidize the cost of individual Medicare supplemental, or “Medigap” coverage to help senior citizens who demonstrate financial need.

Members of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board are Lynn Alexander, Tim Damschroder, Cindy Estrada, Rob Fowler, Sue Jandernoa, Jim Murray, Keith Pretty, Marge Robinson and Michael Williams.

“The board members are fully engaged and committed to making a difference in the lives of Michigan’s seniors and children,” said Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board Chair Rob Fowler. “We applaud Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for this first payment.”

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board’s next meeting will be Monday, April 28 at 9 a.m. at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing. The board continues to organize operations and will develop a granting strategy for projects in the future. For more information visit

Little Dresses for Africa Sewing Bee April 19th

April 18, 2014

The Thrivent Financial Action Team initiative has provided St Charles Winery a $250 grant to host a sewing bee to benefit Little Dresses for Africa. LDFA is a non-profit organization based out of Brownstown, Michigan with the mission of clothing girls in Africa with simple dresses made from pillowcases and cotton fabric. LDFA’s goal is to the plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy…one little dress at a time.

Join us at St Charles Winery (located at 1104 W Washington St in Marquette) on Saturday, April 19 from 11am-2pm to help create these much needed dresses. Anyone can participate in this sewing bee – whether it’s providing your time, pillowcases or material, a sewing machine, sewing supplies, elastic or double bias tape, panties and shirts of every size or cash donation it will all be put to good use. No previous sewing skills needed! Lunch will be provided.

If you have material we can use for this event please bring it to St Charles Winery Tuesday through Saturday from 3pm-7pm.

Three Biology Presentations Friday April 18th

April 18, 2014

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN – The NMU psychology department will hold two additional presentations on Friday, April 18. Both will be held in 167 Gries Hall and are open to the public.

Master’s degree candidate Carrie Anne Balcer will present “Visual Cues Effects on Temperature Perception” at 1 p.m. Reza Taghavi will present “ArraySense, an Assistive Wearable Haptic Device at 3:10 p.m. Their presentations surround the 2 p.m. talk by master’s candidate Jonathan Fancher titled “Human-Centered Design Applied To Perceptual Paradigms,” publicized earlier this week.

‘What’s on Tap’ Exhibit Opens Saturday at Beaumier April 19th

April 18, 2014

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN - The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University will hold an opening event for its new exhibit, “What’s On Tap?: Brewing in the Upper Peninsula,” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in 105 Cohodas Hall. The event includes free samples of the Ore Dock Brewery’s Bum’s Beach Wheat, food and live music from the local folk group, Kreb’s Cycle. Admission is free.

The exhibit will take visitors on a walk-through of brewing in the Upper Peninsula, starting in the 1850s, and explore the legacy that has led up to today’s modern breweries. Brewing and drinking beer has been a part of the social experience of living and working in the U.P. since the days of mining and beyond. From the saloons of yesterday to today’s modern brewpubs and hobby brewing, it explores the lives of the people involved in creating a driving force of social life in the Upper Peninsula. Items on display include photos, historic breweriana and modern brewers telling their stories in their own words.

Breakfast with The Easter Bunny This Weekend

April 18, 2014

ISHPEMING, MICHIGAN - Once again the Easter Bunny will be making a stop in the Country Village to visit with area children! On Saturday, April 19th, from 9am-11am at the County Grill Restaurant, the Easter Bunny will be having breakfast and taking FREE photos with the kids!

Chocolay Township Lions Club in Harvey 3th annual Easter Egg Hunt

April 18, 2014

The CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP LIONS club in Harvey, would like to announce their upcoming 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt event that will be taking place on Saturday, April 19th at Silver Creek Church in Harvey. Please feel free to use the following attached poster for your news announcements. You can also contact me or Pete LaRue(contact info below) for any additional information about this community event in Chocolay Township.We would also encourage your media group to consider covering this event as part of your community awareness reporting.

Also, in an on-going effort to promote Lionism and help us attract new members to join the Chocolay Township Lions Club, we are also asking for your ideas/suggestions on how we might be able to partner with you to help us make this happen. Community events like this is just a part of what Lions do for their community, and our group would love to continue to make these events happen in Chocolay Township – but only if we can get more young men & women interested in becoming a Lion Club member. We would love to hear from you, and would appreciate your support in helping us to grow our membership.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in an effort to keep Lionism alive and visible in Chocoaly Township for many years to come!

Dan Chartier – Chocolay Lions Club Media contact
(906) 869-3116

Pete LaRue – Chocolay Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt (Project Chair)
906 250-9934

Snyder Declares Emergency for Marquette County to Assist Communities with Water, Sewer Line Damage

April 18, 2014

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN – Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday declared a “state of emergency” for Marquette County communities responding to widespread, severe damage to water and sewer lines caused by this winter’s extremely cold temperatures and deep frost levels.

“This record-breaking winter has severely crippled the water and sewer infrastructure of Marquette County,” Snyder said. “I admire the public works personnel who have been working around the clock thawing and repairing water and sewer mains. They are the heroes in this situation. We will use all state resources available so Marquette County communities can respond and recover from this crisis.”

By declaring a “state of emergency,” the state of Michigan will make available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts. Snyder’s declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts.

Marquette County communities have been coping with frozen water and sewer mains throughout the winter. The deep frost levels have caused widespread and severe damage and failure of water and sewer systems, fire hydrants and public roads, compromising public health and safety due to delayed fire suppression and emergency vehicle response and reduced capacity the to treat wastewater.

“I have directed my staff to work closely with Marquette County emergency management officials to ensure all communities can respond and recover from this incident,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “As temperatures warm and the ground thaws, we expect this situation to worsen before it gets better.”

The county previously requested a governor’s declaration on March 4. At that time, damage estimates were around $400,000 and resources had not been fully exhausted by local communities as required by state law and requisite parameters. On April 2, Marquette County submitted a second request outlining severe public health and safety concerns and more than $1.6 million in damages.

Since Feb. 21, Marquette County has been under “local state of emergency,” which activates local emergency response and recovery plans. By requesting a governor’s declaration, the county has determined local resources are insufficient to address the situation and state assistance is required to protect public health, safety and property to lessen or avert the threat of a crisis.

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