Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk to Raise Funds for MSHS Orchestra – Nov. 26

November 24, 2015

Marquette, Michigan – November 24, 2015 – The Marquette Turkey Trot 5K and 10K run/walk will take place on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2015, at 9:00 a.m, rain, snow, or shine.  The entry fee is $10 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Marquette Senior High School Orchestra.

Event-day registration will be from 8:00-8:40 a.m. at the MSHS Cafeteria, 1203 West Fair Avenue.  The 1st overall male and female in the 5K and 10K will receive a trophy.  The first 400 finishers will receive Marquette Turkey Trot finisher ribbons. Leashed dogs are welcome on the course, and an award will be presented at the finish line to the fastest overall dog in the 5K and also the 10K.  Refreshments will be available.  Participants may drop off items for the TV6 Canathon canned food drive.

Register online at http://www.active.com or in person on race day.

For more information, contact Eric Marta, Orchestra Director, at (906) 225-5719 or emarta@mapsnet.org.

Holiday Parade Lights Up Marquette’s Downtown District – Dec. 3

November 20, 2015

Marquette, MichiganNovember 20, 2015 – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority is extending an invitation to all local businesses, organizations, musicians and bands to enter a decorated float, vehicle or marching unit in the fifth annual “Winter Snow Fun” Holiday Parade, scheduled for Thursday, December 3. This downtown tradition complementing the City’s fifth annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, features all of the traditional trappings of the holiday season, including sleigh bells, colored lights and the jolly man himself.


The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on North Third Street and will conclude at the Marquette Commons, the site of the tree lighting ceremony.


There is no cost to participate. If interested in participating or sponsoring the Holiday Parade, contact the Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475 before Tuesday, November 24. Registration packets are available on the web at https://downtownmarquette.org/holiday-parade-tree-lighting/.

‘Irontown is Tinseltown’ Coming Soon – Nov. 21

November 19, 2015

Negaunee, MichiganNovember 19, 2015 – The City of Negaunee reminds on residents on Saturday, November 21st from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m, the Annual “Irontown is Tinseltown” event is happening.

Shops will be open and will offer special discounts.

Santa and the 2015 Pioneer Princess will ride in the Negaunee Irontown Association Parade starting at 5:30PM, with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place directly after the parade.

Pictures with Santa will take place in the upstairs portion of the Negaunee City Center, with hot chocolate and cookies will be available while you wait. The Negaunee City Center will also host a craft show and bake sale downstairs with many local artists and vendors.

Midtown Bakery & Cafe will be having a Winter Garden of Lights on display, and as always, lots of treats to enjoy.

Panache Boutique will be doing children’s ornament painting from 3PM-5PM. Then, things will switch to an adult ornament project from 7:30PM-9PM. Cost will be less than $5.

Horse drawn hayrides will be available from 5PM-7PM.

In conjunction with the event, the Historic Vista Theater will be showing a Christmas Movie Marathon beginning at noon. Below is the movie schedule, with times:

  • Noon – Holiday Inn (G) 1:55 pm – Babes in Toyland (1934) – FREE!
  • 3:30 pm – Elf (PG)
  • 5:45 pm – Holiday Inn (G)
  • 7:25 pm – Babes in Toyland (1934) – FREE!
  • 9:00 pm – Elf (PG) 11:00 pm – Santa Clause Defeats the Martians – FREE!

Movies that are not marked “free” will only cost $5 admission. You can save $1 by purchasing both tickets for “Holiday Inn” & “Elf” in the same transaction

All concessions will cost $3.50 or less.

The Historic Vista Theater is your place for classic and seasonal movies in Marquette County.

If you have any questions, would like to be a vendor, or would like more information, please call 906-475-7939

Marquette Regional History Center Presents Dollhouse Day – Nov. 21

November 19, 2015

Marquette, MichiganNovember 19, 2015 – The Marquette Regional History Center is back with even more dollhouses this year, with a seasonal twist: they’ll be decorated for the holidays!

This year’s Dollhouse Day features a tin lithographed Western Town playset and midcentury ranch from the permanent collection.  Community members will be displaying childhood dollhouses like a 1980s Littles Home by Mattel and a 1962 Barbie Dream House made of cardboard and cardboard furniture.  Also on loan will be handcrafted miniatures—including a travel trailer, a Cajun made cabin and a fairy home.

If your child brings their favorite doll or stuffed animal along to see the exhibit, they will get in free. Visit marquettehistory .org or call 906-226-3571 for more info. The exhibit runs Saturday, November 21 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bat-Moth Presentation at NMU – Nov. 20

November 18, 2015

Marquette, MichiganNovember 18, 2015 – Akito Kawahara, assistant professor at the University of Florida and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will present “Bat-moth interactions and ultrasound evolution” at Northern Michigan University. This NMU biology department seminar is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. The public is invited.

Visiting Professor Explains ‘Weak States in International Relations Theory’ at NMU – Nov. 19

November 17, 2015

Marquette, MichiganNovember 17, 2015 – Hanna Samir Kassab, a visiting professor in Northern Michigan University’s political science department, will give a public presentation based on her book, Weak States in International Relations Theory: The Cases of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon and Cambodia.” The event will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. There is no admission charge.

Kassab analyzes weak state behavior and subsequent changes in great power grand strategy to argue that weak and vulnerable states can practice an unexpected degree of autonomy unfettered by great powers. Given systemic vulnerability stemming from underdevelopment, these weak states pursue welfare in order to survive; security is a secondary concern. Such non-threatening behavior allows weak states to conduct business with great powers at opposite ends of the balance of power, leading these powers to compete over small state support, especially within forums of global governance. The cases of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon and Cambodia illustrate the explanatory power of this progressive theory in international relations.

U.P. Firearm Deer Season Opens with Improvement over Last Year – Nov. 17

November 17, 2015

Lansing, MichiganNovember 17, 2015 – Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff said Sunday’s opening day of the firearm deer hunting season was improved in some parts of the Upper Peninsula over last year, based on reports from deer check stations.

Across the region, temperatures reached the low 50s, with sunny skies, though lingering snow that had fallen earlier in the week remained on the ground in some places.

Last year, much of the northwestern part of the U.P. was buried under 3 to 4 feet of snow by opening day, in the wake of a strong winter storm that began Nov. 10 and continued for three days, followed by lake-effect snow showers.

At the Marquette DNR check station, one deer was checked on opening day last November. This year, the Marquette station checked six deer, closer to the 10-year average of 10 deer brought in on opening day.

“Last year, we didn’t really have a deer season here at Marquette,” said DNR wildlife technician Bill Rollo. “That deep snow shut things down in a lot of areas. Even if we have a poor season this year, it will be better than last year.”

Last November, firearm deer hunters in the U.P. harvested 14,734 bucks and 1,574 antlerless deer for a total of 16,338 deer, down 38 percent from 2013.

After three consecutive severe winters in the region, DNR biologists said hunters this firearm deer season should expect to see fewer deer in the U.P., especially in the 1 ½- and 2 ½-year-old age classes.

Numbers of deer checked Sunday at stations across the U.P. varied from nine at Escanaba, the six checked at Marquette, three at Crystal Falls and one each at Baraga and Shingleton.

At the Mackinac Bridge, tollbooth workers count the number of deer they see on southbound vehicles. The annual count began at 7 a.m. Sunday. Counts are tallied three times daily.

As of 7 a.m. today, bridge workers had counted a total of six deer, compared to zero at the same time in the season last year.

At Escanaba, the nine deer checked was the same number as in 2014 on opening day.
“The quality of the bucks may have been slightly better than opening day last year,” said DNR wildlife biologist Dusty Arsnoe.

Arsnoe said that as expected, deer condition seemed to trend with proximity to agriculture.

“The majority of the deer we checked had average antler development and body condition based on their age,” Arsnoe said. “We did check two bucks that had good antler development for their age.”

Arsnoe said hunters reported seeing fewer deer and similar numbers as last year.

“Most hunters thought the nice weather conditions were limiting deer movement and they observed less rutting activity than they expected,” Arsnoe said.

At the DNR check station in Sault Ste. Marie, DNR wildlife biologist David Jentoft said no deer were checked there Sunday. At a buck pole in Newberry, seven bucks were checked.

“Check station activity for the firearm season is getting off to a relatively slow start as anticipated,” Jentoft said. “The number of bucks checked yesterday in the western U.P. is similar to last year, and most bucks checked so far have been 2 ½ and 3 ½ years old or older.”

Jentoft said there were hunters out in the woods.

“The weather was unseasonably warm (upper 40s to low 50s) and sunny with light winds, which was very different than the snowy conditions experienced a year ago,” Jentoft said. “There has been activity at a number of traditional deer camps, as well as a number of cars parked along roadways indicating that at least there are some people out hunting.”

The largest deer checked Sunday at the Marquette station was an 8-point buck. At Escanaba, the oldest deer checked was a 3-year-old 10-pointer.

As of Sunday, 1.2 million deer hunting licenses had been purchased by Michigan residents, including 59,694 by residents living in the U.P. Statewide, 124,338 residents bought hunting licenses Saturday and 22,766 on opening day.

The DNR has an online map pinpointing the locations of deer check stations throughout the state and hours of operation. Hunters also are urged to call ahead whenever possible to confirm hours and days of operation.
For more information on deer hunting, visit the DNR’s webpage at www.michigan.gov/deer.

Indigenous Foods Presentation at NMU – Nov. 19

November 17, 2015

Marquette, MichiganNovember 17, 2015 – Martin Reinhardt, assistant professor of Native American studies at Northern Michigan University, will present “Pre-colonization Diet and Indigenous Foods” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. The center is located in 105 Cohodas Hall at NMU.

Recent attempts to revitalize traditional indigenous diets include the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP), which originated at NMU. Reinhardt developed the idea in 2010 after considering the food that was served as part of the annual First Nations Food Taster on campus. He wondered to what extent his ancestors would recognize the foods we now think of as American Indian. This led him to ask a question that would ultimately grow into a full-blown research study: “If I wanted to eat the foods my Native ancestors ate, what would I have to know and do?”

Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. In addition to his faculty position, he is the owner and CEO of Reinhardt & Associates. He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government and sociology.

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