NMU Reopens Tennis Courts

September 17, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has officially reopened its tennis courts located off Wright Street near the intramural fields. All eight courts have been resurfaced and four are lined for pickleball. New nets and security cameras have also been installed.

The courts are open to the public daily from 8 am to 7 pm. No recreation membership or reservation is required.

Organizations wishing to hold tourneys or other special events can reserve courts by calling 227-2465.

Archaeology on Ice Coming to Marquette Regional History Center

September 17, 2019

Marquette, MI – Ancient ice is melting throughout the world and unique artifacts are emerging from melting glaciers. A team of researchers from the University of New Mexico and other institutions has been investigating glaciers in Alaska for more than a decade to recover these rare artifacts. The results of this research is featured in a traveling exhibit opening at the Marquette History Center in Marquette on Monday, October 7-December 28.

Most of the artifacts featured in the exhibit were found at small glaciers called “ice patches” located in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Ice patches attract caribou in the late summer months to escape the heat and insects that harass them. People who hunted them and other animals that visited the ice patches occasionally lost tools, weapons, and other objects that became frozen in the ice and preserved for thousands of years. The exhibit has been enhanced to explore the connection between climate change and archaeology in the Lake Superior watershed.

The research was led by Dr. James Dixon, former Director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico who is now semi-retired and lives in Marquette. Speaking of the ice patches, he said, “As a result of climate change, annual average temperature in the arctic has increased and this has resulted in a decline in the size and number of glaciers. This has led to the discovery of artifacts that have been frozen in ice for thousands of years in glaciers throughout the northern hemisphere.”

Dr. Dixon will speak at the special exhibit opening reception October 16, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Marquette Regional History Center. He will describe his research background, the inspiration for the exhibit, and the relationship between climate and archaeology. He will be available to guide tours of the special exhibit and answer community questions about the broader science of archaeology.

The research was conducted in partnership with the Ahtna Heritage Foundation, the regional Native American Tribal Organization near Alaska’s Mount Saint Elias National Park. Together they have found artifacts that are more about 4,000 years old, as well as artifacts dating to later times.

When asked about the contents of the exhibit Dixon said “It highlights the discovery of rare artifacts of wood and antler that are seldom preserved in other types of archaeological sites. The artifacts found at these sites include arrows, spear points, and the remains of a birch bark basket.” He went on to say, “Arrows were made from wooden staves split from carefully selected white spruce that was then tapered, shaped and notched. The discoveries reveal that people often used the feathers from birds of prey, such as golden eagle, to make the arrows fly straight and perhaps give them the homing power of birds of prey. The arrows are tipped with finely crafted barbed arrowheads carved from antler.”

Dixon also will speak about his work and the exhibit on December 12, 7-8 pm as part of the Science on Tap at the Ore Dock Brewing Company across the street at the Marquette Regional History Center. The Marquette Regional History Center will also host visiting school groups and the 4-H History Club to engage with the exhibit and encourage students to think more deeply about climate science and the long history of the Upper Peninsula’s unique environment.

The exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the History Center’s 7th Archaeology Fair on October 19, 2019. School field trips to the History Center in October will offer hands-on activities related to archaeology.

For more information contact the Marquette Regional History Center at www.marquettehistory.org or call 906.226.3571.

‘A Matter of Balance’ Class Starts Oct 3rd

September 17, 2019

Menominee, MI – “A Matter of Balance” Class is starting in Menominee, MI on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at the Spies Public Library.

Have you fallen or do you have a fear of falling? Have you turned down a chance to go out or socialize with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down or stopped doing a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you.

The Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions and socializing with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent.

A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance.

An eight-week Matter of Balance class is scheduled to begin on October 3rd and run through November 21st, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon Central Time. The class will be held at the Spies Public Library located at 940 1st Street, Menominee, MI 49858. There is no cost to attend and all materials and a refreshment will be provided, pre-registration is required. Please call UPCAP at 1-800-338-7227 or by dialing 2-1-1. You can also register online at: www.upcap.org/events. For more information on this and other events check us out on facebook at facebook.com/upcapservices/. This program is being brought to you by UPCAP and local volunteers.

Festival of Races Bridges Twin Saults Sept 28th

September 15, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Runners and cyclists will have a chance to partake in one of the most unique and scenic events of the year with the return of the Sault International Festival of Races on Saturday, Sept. 28th.

Now in its 10th year, the Sault International Festival of Races (SIFR) will include four different types of endurance-based competitions. The highlight for many runners will be the opportunity to run, or new this year, bike, across the International Bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.
Registration is slated for 4-7 p.m. at the Avery Square Center in downtown Sault Ste. Marie (524 Ashmun St.) on Friday, Sept. 27. Race day registration and bib pickup area will be at Lake Superior State University’s Norris Center (650 W. Easterday Ave.) between 5:30 a.m. until race time on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28th.

The 60-mile Bicycle Race, Half Marathon and 6.9-mile Bridge Run will cross the International Bridge, but will not require participants to need special documentation during the event, as the route turns around before Canadian Customs. Participants that cross the border before and after the event will still need to have WHTI documents (https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states), and must plan accordingly. The 5K Run/Walk will not bring participants across the bridge, but will bring runners underneath the bridge along Portage Avenue.

The newest edition to the SIFR, the 60-mile Bike Race presented by Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic race will kick off the day of races at 7 a.m. Riders will start their route from LSSU, travel across the International Bridge, make their way back and pedal past the Soo Locks, and then race down country roads to the town of Pickford before making their way back to historic downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $35.

A trio of on-foot races will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the 12.9 mile Half Marathon. These mostly fast and flat courses will provide runners with a beautiful look of Sault Ste. Marie. Registration costs $70 for the Half Marathon. The Bridge Run starts at 7:30 a.m. and costs $40 to compete in, and the 3.1-mile 5K Run/Walk begins at 7:45 a.m. and costs $30.

Finish lines for all of the events will take place at the Farmers’ Market Square giving the public a great location to come and cheer on their favorite competitors.

With runners crossing the International Bridge, vehicle traffic will be closed along the bridge between 6:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The SIFR is the final planned public bridge event of 2019 that will bring a temporary closure.

Motorists should keep an eye on the International Bridge’s website (www.saultbridge.com) for up-to-date traffic advisories for and during the planned bridge closure.

Following the SIFR, participants are invited to join in the inaugural Sault Ste. Marie Fall Festival taking place throughout the downtown area.
Interested participants can find out more information and register for one of the four events by visiting saultstemarie.com, calling (906) 632-3366 or emailing info@saultstemarie.com

Kim Wilson & the Fabulous Thunderbirds at Calumet Theatre Sept 21st

September 15, 2019

Calumet, MI – Kim Wilson & the Fabulous Thunderbirds will take the stage at Calumet Theatre Saturday, September 21 @ 7:30 pm. The Center Stage Series is presented by Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground.

For almost 40 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band.The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid. Co-founder Kim Wilson, a four-time Grammy nominee, still spearheads the group.

For Wilson, the musical journey started at age 17 when he began playing the harmonica. In search of other musicians who shared his love of the blues, Wilson moved to the burgeoning music scene of Austin, Texas. It was there that he met Jimmie Vaughan and they founded the T-Birds in 1974. The band developed a reputation as a compelling live act and subsequently signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records.

In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album, “Tuff Enuff”. The single of the same title as well as the singles“Wrap It Up” and “Look At That”, all went top 40. The song, “Tuff Enuff” was featured in the film “Gung Ho” starring Michael Keaton.

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Johnny Moeller on guitar, Steve Gomes on bass, Kevin Anker on keyboards, and Nico Leophonte on drums.The house will be rockin’ when the T-Birds hit the historic Calumet Theatre stage. Don’t miss it!

Special Guest opening act: Marquette’s own Flat Broke Blues Band.

Tickets: $50, $44 & $38. Reserved Seating. Historic Preservation Fee included in ticket price. Member discounts available. Call the Box Office at 906-337-2610, stop at 340 Sixth St., Calumet, MI from Noon-5 pm Monday thru Friday OR order tickets online at www.calumettheatre.com.

NAMI Family-to-Family Series Starts Sept 17th

September 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Family members and friends of individuals with a mental illness may greatly benefit from a 12-week “Family to Family” education course to be offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Alger/Marquette).

The 12-week series of classes is free and confidential. Classes will be held Tuesdays, September 17 through December 3, 2019, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at 129 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, Michigan. The course will cover a broad range of topics, including information about Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and PTSD. This will be the 15th time this class has been offered in our area and is presented by trained educators. To date more than 250,000 family members in 48 states across the country have completed the course.

The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children, significant others and friends of people with a mental illness. This course also helps people understand that this is an illness and not something they can just “deal with it, shape up” as most times they just have no control over their actions.

Responses from previous family members who took the class are: “I feel the course has saved my family”, “I no longer blame myself for my child’s illness.” “This course has given me a broader understanding of the diagnosis and more comfort in speaking about this to others.”
With the tragedies of well-known public figures dealing with depression, we feel now more than ever the timing of this class is so important for families to learn more about the types of mental illnesses.

Please call to register for the classes by September 16; however, we will accept new class members until October 1st. For further information or to register, contact Louise Wilcox (906-235-0231), or Cindy Bertucci (906-360-7107).

NMU and MTU Host Bike Week

September 11, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University will be hosting the second Bike Week for the Marquette area community and NMU campus. During the week of September 9, there will be various events throughout the university’s campus for students, faculty and staff to participate. The event parallels with Michigan Technological University’s first-ever Bike Week. Bike Week is designed to promote health, safety and sustainability in a bike-friendly environment. Past co-coordinator, Ryan Watling states, “Bike Week’s goal is to promote biking as a mode of transportation
rather than recreation.”

University members, as well as, community members are invited to participate in all events free of charge. Bike to Campus Day will take place on Thursday, September 12th. For more information and total list of events visit, https://www.nmu.edu/recsports/bike-week.

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hope to increase ridership and improve bicycle commuting habits for students, faculty, sta, and community
members with unique programs and opportunities throughout the week.

Marq-Tran Taking Snow Removal Price Quotes for Winter 2019-2020 Bid

September 9, 2019

Marquette, MI  –  September 9, 2019  –  The Marquette County Transit Authority is soliciting quotes for snow removal and sanding of parking lots and sidewalks located at 1325 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI for the winter of 2019-2020.

Additional Requirements

  • Provide on call service day or night, sever days a week, 24/7
  • Must fumish vehicles and drivers
  • Must be fully insured with workers comp and public liability
  • Must have ability to remove snow from site. Loader

Quotes must be received by 12:30pm Monday, September 30, 2019. You must submit your quote by fax at (906) 225-068, via email at marqtran@marq-tran.com, or by U.S. mail to:

Marquette County Transit Authority
Att. Delynn Klein
1325 Commerce Drive
Marquette, M I 49855

The project will be awarded to the party submitting the lowest price quote that meets all specifications. The agency reserves the right to accept and/or reject any or all quotes.

Click here to download official PDF Press Release

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