Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, to Speak at NMU Wednesday, Oct. 25

October 24, 2017

Marquette, MI – Author Daniel Handler, who wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions under his pen name, Lemony Snicket, will give a presentation at Northern Michigan University. This NMU Platform Personalities event will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. Admission is free for NMU students with ID and $2 for the public.

Handler is an American writer, musician and journalist. He is the author of six novels under his own name. His latest, All the Dirty Parts, was released in August. His books have sold more than 70 million copies, been translated into 40 languages and been adapted for screen and stage. Handler serves as an executive producer and writer for the A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix series. His first play, Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, will be produced this fall at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for students and 7:30 for the general public.

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, to Speak at NMU Wednesday, Oct. 25

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, to Speak at NMU Wednesday, Oct. 25

2017 Catholic Service Award Recipients Announced

October 24, 2017

Since 2006, the Legacy of Faith endowment foundation of the Diocese of Marquette has been honoring Catholics from throughout the Upper Peninsula with the Catholic Service Award (CSA). The recipients are selected based on their exemplary service to not only their respective parishes and the Catholic Church, but also their communities. This year’s honorees are Judy Boyle of St. Michael Parish in Marquette and Father Joseph Gouin, pastor of American Martyrs Parish in Kingsford.

Judy Boyle

Boyle, a native of Ishpeming, moved to Marquette and became a parishioner of St. Michael Parish at the age of 20 after marrying her husband Herb. Ever since she has shared her time, talent and treasure with the parish in a variety of capacities.

In the past, Boyle has served as chairperson and member of the parish pastoral council and parish finance council. She also was a member of the parish personnel committee, coordinator of the U.P. Catholic Service Appeal campaign for the parish, as well as several other committees.

Currently, Boyle is a member of the communications committee and the development committee. And, you can find her in the parish office during the week as the bulletin editor.

According to her pastor, Father Greg Heikkala, Boyle demonstrates a great love for the Catholic Church and her parish. “She shares her time, expertise and talents with generosity and joy. Her life of prayer and service is a great example to her family, friends, and to the parish at large,” he said.

Boyle has also served the Church on the diocesan level, including a member of the Catholic Social Services (CSS)board of directors and The U.P. Catholic Advisory Board. During her time on the CSS board, the director stepped down due to health issues. At the request of then Bishop Alexander Sample, Boyle was named interim director until a new director was hired, helping the agency through a difficult time.

Boyle was fit for the job due to her vast business knowledge, having worked as the executive director for the Upper Peninsula Medical Center Corporation, a job she retired from after 15 years of dedicated service.

Boyle’s joy-filled attitude in all that she does, extends beyond the Church. Boyle’s community involvement has included secretary of the Marquette Township planning commission, member of the Marquette Township recreation committee and the board of review. She also spent 10 years as a member of the “Thumbs Up” team, which raised money and participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, in honor of her husband Herb who died from bladder cancer.

Father Heikkala presented Boyle with the CSA commemorative medallion on Aug. 14 following the 8 a.m. daily Mass, which she regularly attends.

Father Joseph Gouin

Father Gouin has served the Diocese of Marquette as a priest for 52 years. During that time he has served several parishes in the diocese, including more than 25 years at his current assignment, American Martyrs in Kingsford.

Each one of Father Gouin’s parishioners holds such a special place in his heart, that he refers to them as “his family.” He is committed to each of his parishioners, but especially the young people. This commitment has been shown through holding a special Mass for students each week in the morning before school, followed by breakfast, as well as fireside chats on a regular basis. Another example of this is his generosity in establishing a college scholarship endowment, which rewards high school seniors of his parish for their faithfulness to the Church.

He has also been an example to many young people, including several priests of the diocese. “I am personally a priest today in no small part because of Father Joe’s influence, example and support,” stated Father Ben Hasse, who has known Father Gouin since a young age. “He frequently took groups of guys out for lunch or dinner to encourage us to consider the priesthood, and as I grappled with my own discernment, his example of integrity, prayerfulness and joy in the priesthood helped me to consider it seriously for myself.”

In continuing his commitment to “his family,” he leads by example in always being the first person of the parish to make his pledge to the Upper Peninsula Catholic Service Appeal each year, in hopes others will follow his lead.

Father Gouin was awarded the CSA medallion during the weekend Masses on July 15-16. Dee Benjamin, American Martyrs parishioner and Legacy of Faith board member, presented the award to Father Gouin.

Father Gouin’s parish assignments in the Diocese of Marquette: Associate pastor of St. Joseph and St. Patrick, Hancock; American Martyrs, Kingsford, and St. Mary Parish in Norway. Co-pastor of Resurrection, Menominee and Mission of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sobieski. Pastor of Holy Redeemer, Menominee and American Martyrs, Kingsford. He also served as ordinary confessor of the Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain and dean of the Iron Mountain Deanery.

The Catholic Service Award is a program of Legacy of Faith, which is an endowment foundation of the Diocese of Marquette. The award was created in 2006 in the spirit and intent of the endowment to preserve and foster the Catholic faith in the Upper Peninsula. Nominations for the annual award are due by May 1 of each year. For more information, contact Terri Gadzinski at (906) 227-9108 or visit www.LegacyOfFaith.net.

Barbara Kinnunen-Skidmore of Calument, A Top Environmental And Outdoor Educators Honored

October 24, 2017

Michigan’s top environmental and outdoor educators honored

The Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education earlier this month honored several Michigan educators at its annual conference at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

“We are very proud of the contributions these individuals have made to improve Michigan’s environment by reaching thousands of citizens with positive messages and education,” said Ashlie Smith, the alliance’s outgoing president and head naturalist at the Farmington Hills Nature Center.

The alliance’s highest recognition in 2017 went to:

Jody Harrington, an employee at the E.L. Johnson Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, has spent most of the past 30 years connecting people to nature. As a classroom teacher in Southfield, Harrington once integrated environmental education throughout her lessons. Today, her love of gardening has been integrated into lessons at the E.L Johnson Nature Center. Her past volunteer work includes time spent as treasurer for the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Gwen Botting, executive director of Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind in Ionia, whose energy and dedication have enabled that group to do amazing things for visually impaired children. Botting has incorporated nature-related outdoor education into lessons that make a trip to camp the adventure of a lifetime. Campers learn to make campfires, cook, hike, camp, canoe and more, building self-reliance and confidence along the way.

Other Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education awards included three appreciation awards to:

Kathleen Klein, community relations representative at Waste Management in Wixom. Klein steadily exhibits the traits of an environmental educator by bringing real-world issues to the public and making them relevant to daily life. She manages wildlife habitat certification programs for two landfills in southeastern Michigan and conducts dozens of outreach programs each year.

Jereme Vanden Heuvel, camp director at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville. Operated by the Michigan Department of Education, Camp Tuhsmeheta provides the ultimate outdoor experience for those with visual impairments. Vanden Heuvel creates at atmosphere of learning, safety and confidence for all campers, whether leading children on hikes or the climbing wall.

Barbara Kinnunen-Skidmore, early childhood specialist at CLK Elementary in Calumet. Regardless of the season, Kinnunen-Skidmore believes students, especially kindergarteners, should be outside – never too early, or too cold, to snowshoe or play on the nature playscape with boulders and logs. These and other outdoor accessories are due to her persistent grant writing and community relationships.

The alliance also gave volunteer awards to:

Francis Majszak, Carl T. Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac. Majszak loves to teach others how to enjoy the outdoors and assists by volunteering at ice-fishing clinics, shooting clinics and anything else needed at the center.

Winnie Chrzanowski, Oakland County Parks. Chrzanowski is a grasslands bird monitor, Project FeederWatch observer and frog survey participant. In her spare time, she also volunteers for Clinton County Watershed Council, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Oakland Audubon.

Ed Becker, Bay City Recreation Area. A retired high school teacher from Saginaw, Becker has been a continual presence at the park where he brings urban, disabled teens to learn how to fish and assist in park stewardship projects. Whether building bird houses or self-esteem among children, Becker works to be a positive influence on children and the park.

Brooksie Pollack, Oakland County. Putting her Michigan Conservation Stewards Program training to work, Brooksie volunteers as a nest-box monitor and frog survey participant. She also assists in the inventory of vernal ponds and mentors other Conservation Stewards Program students.

In addition, the alliance recognized two graduates of the Michigan Environmental Education Certification Program who presented their capstone projects at the conference. They are:

Claudette Wizniuk of Shelby Township and Dorothy McLeer of Dearborn. Wizniuk’s final project was “Clinton River Watershed – Recovery of Michigan’s Rivers.” McLeer’s was titled “Combatting the Extinction of Experience – Introducing Youth to the Real World Outdoors.”

The Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education is a professional association supporting and advancing environmental and outdoor education statewide. Learn more at www.maeoe.com.

Recipients of 2017 awards from the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education included (pictured L-R): Francis Majszak, Ed Becker, Jereme Vanden Heuvel, Jody Harrington, Dorothy McLeer, Gwen Botting, Claudette Wizniuk and Kathleen Klein.

Recipients of 2017 awards from the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education included (pictured L-R): Francis Majszak, Ed Becker, Jereme Vanden Heuvel, Jody Harrington, Dorothy McLeer, Gwen Botting, Claudette Wizniuk and Kathleen Klein.

Calendar – Youth – LEGO Club Meeting – Oct. 27

October 24, 2017

Marquette – LEGO Club will meet on Friday, October 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

LEGO Club is for ages 5 and up. Listen to stories and work with others to build Lego projects. LEGOs are provided and the event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Youth – Preschool Storytime – Oct. 27

October 24, 2017

Marquette – Preschool Storytime will be offered on Friday, October 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Join in the free event for books, songs, crafts and more, designed for preschool aged children. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Holidays – Free Spooky Science Night at U.P. Children’s Museum – Oct. 27

October 24, 2017

Marquette – A Free Spooky Science Night will be held on Friday, October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, 123 W. Baraga Avenue in Marquette.

This Halloween Science Night is sponsored by the Chemistry Department at NMU, and conducted by NMU science clubs, led by the members of the NMU Forensic Bio-Chemistry Club. The event is for early elementary age children and their families. Snacks, science activities and spooky smells will be provided.

Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) at NMU Wednesday October 25th

October 24, 2017

Daniel Handler is an American writer, musician and journalist. He is best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, having penned the novels “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” a twisted tale of the Baudelaire orphans’ sad, sad lives. He has also penned six novels in his own name, all featuring the same sense of darkness as his works as Lemony Snicket. His latest novel is “All the Dirty Parts” and was released in August.

This event is sponsored by NMU’s Platform Personalities and the Student Activity Fee.

For more information, call 906-227-6543. This event will be held in Jamrich 1100.

Date 10/25/2017

Start Time 08:00 PM

End Time 09:30 PM

Vertigo Theatre Company Upcoming Production of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” October 26th-27th

October 24, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – Vertigo Theatre Company is pleased to announce its upcoming production of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters.” This fan favorite follows Andrew and Melissa as they carry-on a lifelong correspondence. Starting with grade-school thank-you notes and Summer camp postcards, the letters grow into more informative missives sharing their lives and feelings. As it often happens, the timing is often wrong and the distances too great for an actual romance. But the letters Andrew and Melissa share over decades show a deep, abiding love that survives time and tide.

Come join Jeff Spencer and Monica Nordeen in an evening you won’t soon forget. These two local favorites have shared the stage many times, which has resulted in an ease of connection and communication that will have you believing that love can bridge the miles.

Monica Nordeen is honored to perform with Vertigo Theatre Company in this production of Love Letters. Monica has recently appeared in productions of Steel Magnolias, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, and Spamalot at Lake Superior Theatre; Romeo & Juliet with U.P. Shakespeare Festival; Five Women Wearing the Same Dress with Twirly Hug Productions; The Weir with Vertigo Theatre Company; and A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking at NMU. In addition, for the last several years she has performed as a vocalist in the summer cabaret show at Lake Superior Theatre. Prior to moving to Michigan, Monica had lead roles in NYC in productions of Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Robin Hood, School for Scandal, Arsenic & Old Lace, and several original plays. Monica is currently the Human Resources Director at MARESA. Her B.A. in Theatre & Mathematics is from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and she holds two Master’s Degrees in areas of statistics. In December of this year Monica will be performing the role of Jacob Marley in Scrooge at NMU’s Forest Roberts Theatre.

Jeff Spencer is a founder of Vertigo Theatre Company, and has appeared in or directed all of their productions. These include Rabbit Hole, Fat Pig, Macbeth, Last 5 Years, The Weir, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Jeff is also half of the Vertigo team that performs puppet shows at Peter White Public Library every winter. For Lake Superior Theatre, he has appeared in The Producers, Spamalot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and 1776. In addition, Jeff has appeared in or directed shows with the Westwood Shakespeare Company, and spent six years as the Drama Director at MSHS. When he isn’t on stage or staying up all night working, Jeff exists for tabletop games.

This production is sponsored by the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Also, for the first time, Vertigo is partnering with Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery, who will be offering discounts and specials for anyone who presents their ticket or program from the show!

Tickets are $10, and are available at 228-9510 with a valid credit card. Show times are Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 at 7pm, and Saturday, October 28 at 2pm, in the Community Room at Peter White Public Library. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a date and see two of Marquette’s finest!

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