Registration Opens for Summer ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ Program in the Upper Peninsula

April 11, 2017

Becoming_an_outdoors_womanMarquette, MIApril 11, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” (BOW) program, which is set for June 2-4 in Marquette County.

This will mark the 20th annual summer BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

“Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a program where each individual is encouraged to learn at her own pace,” said Sharon Pitz, BOW program coordinator in Marquette. “The emphasis is on the enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of outdoor activities and sharing in the success of one another.”

The summer BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in more than two dozen different types of activities, including kayaking, wilderness first aid and survival, lake and fly fishing, field birding, paddleboard, geocaching, shooting sports, boating and mountain biking.

“Volunteer BOW instructors provide basic and advanced teaching that is tailored to each participant’s individual ability, helping participants learn the basics in a short amount of time,” Pitz said.

The program also includes special evening activities during the weekend, including hikes, group bonfires and more. We will have extra activities for this event to help celebrate 20 years in the Outdoors.

BOW participants stay and take their classes at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is situated about 30 miles north of Marquette near Big Bay.

Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities including a sauna, pool, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, along with easy access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior.

“The summer program typically fills quickly, so early registration is encouraged.
Pitz said.

The $195 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies. The deadline for registration is May 8. A limited number of BOW Scholarships are available to help low-income participants with the cost of registration. The scholarship application deadline is May 1.

Class information and registration materials are available online at

For more information on the summer BOW program, contact Sharon Pitz at the DNR Customer Service Center in Marquette at 906-228-6561 or by e-mail at

American Jobs Agenda Announced at Press Conferences in Detroit, Flint, and Lansing

April 11, 2017

Washington D.C.April 11, 2017 – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today announced her American Jobs Agenda at press conferences in Detroit, Flint, and Lansing.  In Detroit, she announced her agenda at Detroit Denim Company, a manufacturer of jeans handmade by Detroit workers and created with materials made by American companies.  In Flint, she announced her agenda at Rogers Foam, which produces over 90 crucial foam components to protect car batteries that are used in vehicles like the Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, and Cadillac ELR.  And in Lansing, she spoke about her agenda at Lansing Community College West Campus, which houses the college’s Michigan Technical Education Center.

“We need to be laser focused on creating jobs right here in Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow.  “My American Jobs Agenda ensures we are making products in this country, closing loopholes that hurt workers and businesses, and holding countries like China accountable for unfair trade practices.  I appreciate businesses like Detroit Denim and Rogers Foam who are committed to investing in our workers and creating jobs in Michigan.”

“I’m really happy to have the Senator at our company today,” said Eric Yelsma, founder of Detroit Denim.  “Hiring and training workers here in Detroit is one of our top priorities.  To see that Senator Stabenow is supporting that by creating bills and initiatives to support our goal is a really important thing.”

“Rogers Foam Automotive is very grateful for Senator Stabenow’s commitment to the State of Michigan businesses,” said Tim Nyman, Plant Manager for Rogers Foam Automotive Corporation in Flint. “Her continuous work has helped Rogers Foam Automotive grow in the city of Flint creating jobs and making a presence in the city. We thank her for all her efforts.”

“LEAP is very supportive of Senator Stabenow’s American Jobs Agenda and the many benefits it will bring to our country’s economy,” said Bob Trezise, President & CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). “Through fair trade practices and incentives for investing at home in the U.S., this important bill will help LEAP fulfill our core mission – which is to attract more business to Metro Lansing, help our local companies grow, and to create more and better jobs for families in our region.”

Stabenow’s American Jobs Agenda has three parts: her Bring Jobs Home Act, her Make It In America Act, and her efforts to strengthen enforcement against countries that violate our trade laws.  For more information on Senator Stabenow’s American Jobs Agenda, click here.

During her small business tour across Michigan, Senator Stabenow visited Grand Haven in August 2016 and met with the CEO of R.A. Miller Industries (RAMI), a manufacturer of high-tech products for our military.  RAMI’s CEO expressed concern that our Buy American policies, meant to give priority to American companies when the federal government purchases goods, weren’t working.

In response, Senator Stabenow got to work and went back to RAMI to announce her Make It In America Act (S.908), which would create stricter guidelines to make it harder for federal agencies to use waivers to get around Buy American requirements. This will level the playing field for American companies, and especially help our small businesses and start-ups compete for federal contracts.

Her Bring Jobs Home Act (S.247) closes a tax loophole that currently rewards companies for moving jobs abroad.  This bill would change the law so that companies moving jobs overseas cannot deduct their expenses for doing so. The bill would also provide a tax credit for companies that move jobs and business activities from another country back to America.

Senator Stabenow has also led the effort to strengthen enforcement against countries that manipulate their currency, which hurts businesses and workers.  She worked successfully to make permanent a new trade enforcement center to monitor and enforce our trade laws.  The center is responsible for cracking down on countries that are breaking the rules so our businesses and workers can fairly compete.

Calendar – Faith – Ecumenical Good Friday Worship in Marquette – Apr. 14

April 11, 2017

Marquette – An Eucumenical Good Friday worship service, with participation by several congregations on Friday, April 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 305 W. Magnetic Street, Marquette.

The service will be divided into several small segments. Come for part of the service, or stay the entire time. There will be special music, scripture readings, inspirational messages, and time for personal reflection.

The entire service will be broadcast live on 101.9 Sunny FM.

Calendar – Faith – Journey to the Cross – Apr. 14

April 11, 2017

Marquette – A Journey to the Cross will be offered on Friday, April 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Marquette Missionary Church, 804 Wright Street in Marquette.

The unique event, featuring self-guided interactive displays, will bring you a personal up close Easter experience. Everyone is welcome.

Calendar – Families – U.P. Children’s Coalition Annual Conference Registration Deadline – Apr. 14

April 11, 2017

Marquettte – The Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition Annual Conference will be held on Friday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

With the theme “Strengthening Families Through the Protective Factors Framework”, the conference will feature keynote speaker Michelle Chenier of the Early Childhood Investment Corp. and also Karen Staub of the Wexford/Missaukee Protection Council.

Registration is $35. Deadline to register is April 14 at

Calendar – Youth – Story and Craft Hour – Apr. 14

April 11, 2017

Marquette – Story and Craft Hour for ages 4 through 8 will be held on Friday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Entertainment – An Evening with Anish – Apr. 14

April 11, 2017

Marquette – An Evening with Anish, a special after hours event, will be held on Friday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Speaker Heather Anderson will give a talk on her record breaking hike along the Appalachian Trail. Heather, known as Anish on trails, completed her “Triple Crown” of Backpacking in 2006 at the age of 25. She completed the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail in 2003, the 2,600-mile-long Pacific Crest Trail in 2005, and the 2,600-mile-long Continental Divide Trail in 2006.

There is no admission charge to attend, so come out and learn about where Heather’s adventures began. For more information, visit or call 226-4318.