Congratulations to Bay Mills Maple in Brimley!

March 16, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is recognizing 27 farms for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices. The program assists farmers to comply with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by local Conservation Districts.

“By taking the steps necessary to become an environmentally verified operation, these 27 farms have contributed to the assurance of sustainable farming practices,” said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. “Michigan is leading the national agriculture community in effective stewardship practices with the voluntary, incentive-based MAEAP program. The continued success of the program demonstrates that environmental sustainability and economic development are not mutually exclusive.”

Bay Mills Maple, of Brimley, is a verified farm in Farmstead, Cropping and Livestock Systems. For more information and to read the full press release, visit the MAEAP website at or contact Joe Kelpinski, MDARD’s MAEAP Program Manager, at (517)284-5608.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2018

Marquette, Mich. – Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month offers a perfect opportunity to talk to your doctor about screening for the disease.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,510 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease in Michigan this year. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.

“Adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Unfortunately, many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk or they aren’t aware of the different testing or screening options. The importance of early detection cannot be overstated. Make it a priority to discuss the different testing options, including at-home tests, with your provider.”

Black people suffer disproportionately from colorectal cancer. In 2014 in Michigan, the rate of new cases was 44.54 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 35.3 per 100,000 for white residents. In 2015, the death rate from colorectal cancer was 19.3 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 13.2 per 100,000 for white residents.

Colorectal cancer risk increases after age 50. However, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, talk with your doctor about starting testing before age 50. Many cases of colorectal cancer have no symptoms especially early on when it can be more effectively treated.

There are several screening options available, including colonoscopy and simple take-home tests. Many health insurance plans, including the Healthy Michigan Plan, cover lifesaving preventive tests. Check with your health plan to find out the details of what colorectal cancer screening is covered.

For resources for uninsured residents, and for more information about testing and prevention, visit the MDHHS’s cancer prevention and control website.

NMU Hosts WCHA Championship Viewing Party Saturday, March 17

March 16, 2018

Marquette, Mich– Northern Michigan University will host a family-friendly WCHA Championship Wildcat Watch Party on Saturday, March 17. The event runs from 6-9:30 p.m. in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. The first 500 people through the door will receive a free Wildcats rally towel—the same one being distributed at the NMU-Michigan Tech hockey game. Admission is free, with concession food and beverages available for purchase. Wildcat Willy will make a special appearance.

Attendees will be able to view the NMU-produced streaming broadcast of the game, which is available on campus cable channel 23.2 or 12.1. Those unable to attend the event or watch from the Upper Peninsula can stream the game on for a fee.

Calendar – Education – “South Africa at a Crossroads: Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations” Lecture – Mar. 19

March 16, 2018

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration’s “Great Decisions Global Discussions” lecture series with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will present an online screening of “South Africa at a Crossroads: Implications for U.S.-South Africa Relations” with Desirée Cormier, senior director, Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group.

The lecture will be held on Monday, March 19 from noon to 1:40 p.m. in room 111-C of NMU’s Edgar L. Harden Learning Resources Center. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call 227-2019.

Calendar – Music – Weeknight Concert with Karen Gustafson, Dave Ziegner, and Harry South – Mar. 19

March 16, 2018

Marquette – A Weeknight Concert, with vocalist Karen Gustafson, accompanied by Dave Ziegner on guitar and Harry South on upright bass, will be offered on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Listen to a mix of jazz, standards and blues. There is no admission charge. For more information, visit or call 226-4318.

Calendar – Youth – Harry Potter Club Grades 6 through 8 – Mar. 19

March 16, 2018

Marquette – Harry Potter Club Grades 6 through 8 will meet on Monday, March 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All upperclassmen wizards in grades 6 through 8 are invited to the class Harry Potter 101 as we discuss all things Harry Potter!

The event is free. For more information call 226-4323, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Youth – Chapter Book Club: The Zine Sessions – Mar. 19, 20

March 16, 2018

Marquette – Chapter Book Club: The Zine Sessions will be offered on Monday, March 19 from 1 to 2 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 20 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Read “The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Perez and make your own Zine! The event is for ages 8 to 12. For more information, call 226-4320, visit, or check out the Peter White Public Library page on Facebook.