Conversations & Coffee With DNR Fisheries Staff Scheduled Throughout State

March 25, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Those interested in discussing local and statewide fisheries management activities with Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff are encouraged to stop by one of several upcoming “Conversations & Coffee” events taking place around the state this spring.

The DNR Fisheries Division has hosted “Conversations & Coffee” the past few years to give people an opportunity to meet with managers and biologists, discuss local issues and management activities, and get specific questions answered. These meetings are extremely informal; at many of the meetings, no formal presentations will be made.

Information on local and statewide regulation changes affecting anglers also will be made available at these meetings. Refreshments will be provided.

Meeting dates, times and locations include:

Central Lake Michigan Management Unit

  • Tuesday, March 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Loomis Lodge, 142 Croton Drive, Newaygo.

Northern Lake Michigan Management Unit

  • Wednesday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. (CST) at Bay College West Campus (room 231-A), 2801 U.S. 2, Iron Mountain. Thursday, March 29, 6 to 8 p.m. at Bay City College (Room 961 – Joseph Heirman University Center), 2001 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba.

Eastern Lake Superior Management Unit

  • Tuesday, April 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Tahquamenon Area Public Library, 7000 Newberry Ave., Newberry. Thursday, April 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express Munising-Lakeview, E8890 M-28, Munising.

Southern Lake Michigan Management Unit

  • Monday, April 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Southwestern Michigan College (Fred L. Mathews Conference Center – West), 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac. Thursday, April 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings.

Lake Erie Management Unit

  • Monday, April 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post No. 4, 401 Groesbeck Highway, Mt. Clemens. Monday, April 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St., Tecumseh.

Western Lake Superior Management Unit

  • Tuesday, April 10, 6 to 8 p.m. (CST) at Gogebic Community College, E. 4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood. Wednesday, April 11, 7 to 9 p.m. at Ishpeming Township Hall, 1575 U.S. 41, Ishpeming. Thursday, April 12, 7 to 9 p.m. at Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., Houghton.

Northern Lake Huron Management Unit

  • Tuesday, April 10, 6 to 8 p.m. at Tuscarora Township Hall, 3546 S. Straits Highway, Indian River. Monday, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie (specific location to be determined).

Southern Lake Huron Management Unit

  • Monday, April 30, 6 to 8 p.m. at Bay City State Recreation Area Visitors Center, 3582 State Park Drive, Bay City.

For more information on these meetings, visit


Navigating Higher Ed with ASD Discussed, March 26

March 25, 2018

Marquette, Mich.–  3/26/2018- Northern Michigan University will host a World Autism Awareness Day guest presentation on addressing the challenges faced by college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ways to help them succeed. Chaturi Edrisinha, associate professor of Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Jamrich Hall room 1100. An informal reception with light refreshments will be held prior to the event at 3 p.m. in front of Jamrich Hall room 1100.

NMU’s Department of Psychological Science, which operates the Behavioral Assessment, Education and Research (BEAR) Center, is sponsoring the event. Edrisinha will review the law, supports and resources that may hold the key to attrition and successful graduation for students with ASD and related developmental disorders as they navigate higher education. She will also discuss employment outcomes post-graduation from the perspective of accountability. She will share what OU is doing to address the needs of the ASD population and what can be done to address those needs in Michigan.

Edrisinha is the OU Center for Autism’s director of research. She is a board-certified behavior analyst who received her doctorate in autism and developmental disabilities and her Master of Education in early childhood special education from The University of Texas at Austin.

According to a feature on Edrisinha in “OU Magazine,” an overarching agenda in Edrisinha’s research is to develop instructional and support strategies in order to foster independence and inclusion for persons with ASD. She has been successful in obtaining multiple research grants totaling more than $100,000. She published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, conference papers and book chapters in many prestigious journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences.


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Prepared By: Jill Vermeulen, Student Writer

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Calendar – Films/Documentaries – Dinner and a Movie Event to Screen “Dunkirk” – Mar. 28

March 25, 2018

Ishpeming – A Dinner and a Movie Event will offer a screening of “Dunkirk” on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming.

The movie, rated PG-13, will be shown on a big projector screen with surround sound, and free popcorn! The library welcomes patrons to bring extra snacks, take out, or dinner from home. The event is free and open to all.

Calendar – Youth – Scribblers Club Meeting – Mar. 28

March 25, 2018

Marquette – The Scribblers Club will meet on Wednesday, March 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Students in grades 6 to 12 are invited to experiment with creative writing in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

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

Calendar – Theater – Westwood Shakespeare Company to Present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – Mar. 28-29

March 25, 2018

Ishpeming – The Westwood Shakespeare Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Patriot Performing Arts Theatre at Westwood High School in Ishpeming.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 in advance from WSC members or at the high school office. Tickets for groups of five or more persons are also available at $5 per seat on show nights.

Calendar – Community – Bystander Intervention Training – Mar. 28

March 25, 2018

Marquette – Bystander Intervention Training will be offered on Wednesday, March 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Mary Pelton Cooper, local psychologist and longtime member of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, will facilitate the session based on principles of non-violence. After the training, Kadijah Wilson’s play, “International Encounters” will be performed, its goal to foster acceptance of diversity in the community.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Marquette – Mar. 28

March 25, 2018

Marquette – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UP Health System-Marquette will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, March 28 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Lodge at Northern Michigan University.

For an appointment, call Zach at 906-440-8958 or Meagan at 224-805-2985. Walk-ins are welcome.

Calendar – Youth – Little Bookworms – Mar. 28

March 25, 2018

Marquette – Little Bookworms for 5s and 6s will be offered on Wednesday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

There will be stories, songs, school-readiness art, and pre-literacy skills for children ages 5 to 6. The event is free.

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

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