Downtown Marquette Farmers Market 2018 Vendor Applications Available

April 2, 2018

MARQUETTE, MI – 2018– Vendor applications for the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market are now being accepted.

The Farmers Market drew over 65,000 people throughout the previous season with $1,700,000 in estimated sales. The market is comprised of fresh Michigan grown produce, other farm-produced goods, baked good, and various artisan wares.

The market season opens Saturday, May 26 and runs every Saturday through December 15 at the Marquette Commons. The hours are 9 am-1 pm.  Applications received by Friday, May 4 will receive priory placement and scheduling.

See yourself at the market this season and apply at

Questions can be directed to Myra Zyburt, Market Manager at 906-362-3276 or

Priest on Administrative Leave Following Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

April 2, 2018


Marquette, Mich. 04/02/2018– Father Frank M. Lenz, a senior (retired) priest of the Diocese of Marquette, has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately. This action was taken as the result of a recently-made credible allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor dating back to the 1970s. Father Lenz has denied the allegation.

In accord with diocesan policy, the allegation has been reported to the Marquette County Prosecutor.

The diocese has extended an offer of pastoral care to the person bringing the allegation.

Father Lenz has been removed from all public priestly ministry and prohibited from presenting himself as a priest in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It should be noted that this is not a final determination of guilt. Administrative leave is a precautionary measure while a credible allegation is being investigated.

Bishop Doerfler said, “On behalf of the Catholic Church, I offer a sincere apology to all victims of clergy abuse. There is no excuse for what happened to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and I am willing to journey with you to find Christ’s peace and healing.”

Anyone who may have suffered sexual misconduct by clergy, a church worker or volunteer is encouraged by Bishop Doerfler to come forward to receive pastoral care leading toward healing.

To bring a complaint regarding the sexual abuse of minors to the attention of the diocese, call one of the victims’ assistance coordinators: Stephen Lynott at (844) 495-4330 or Diane Tryan at (844) 694-4362.

Those who wish to put their complaint in writing may direct their correspondence to: Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, c/o Catholic Social Services of the U.P., 1100 Ludington St., Suite 401, Escanaba, MI 49829. The letter should be marked “personal and confidential” and indicate whether a response is desired by phone or by letter.

The diocese will also help anyone bring their concerns to church officials outside the diocese if the sexual abuse occurred elsewhere and the person now resides in the Diocese of Marquette. If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information, Stephen Lynott or Diane Tryan may be contacted at the numbers above.

The diocese always encourages those bringing a complaint to report the incident to local civil authorities. The diocese reports all allegations to the appropriate civil authorities.

Dog Night at the Library! – April 5

April 2, 2018

Marquette – Dog Night will be offered on Thursday, April 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All children are invited to come and read to a dog. Increase your reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a friendly, calm dog. The event is free and no registration is required.

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

Spring Break Movie and BYO Munchies – April 5

April 2, 2018

Marquette, Mich. – Spring Break Movie and BYO Munchies will offer a free screening of “Despicable Me 3” on Thursday, April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Don’t forget to bring munchies or a snack! For more information call 226-4320, visit or check out the Peter White Public Library Youth Services page on Facebook.

Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association Meeting – April 5

April 2, 2018

Negaunee, Mi. – The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association will meet Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Marquette County Health Department Building on U.S. 41 in Negaunee Township.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome to attend. More information, contact Rich at 249-3837.

Storytime for 3’s and 4’s – April 5

April 2, 2018

Marquette, Mich. – Storytime for 3s and 4s will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

Explore stories, fingerplays, songs, and crafts. The event is for 3 and 4-year-olds, with a loving adult.

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

“Celebrate the Earth” Coffeehouse – April 5

April 2, 2018

Marquette, Mi. – Celebrate the Earth with local poets as they read their poems on nature with music and refreshments on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

The evening will feature a coffeehouse atmosphere as part of its Building Love: Imagine series of events. Richard Rastall will host as six poets share their work. Music will be provided by Linda Smith, Seamus Collins, and Bob Buchkoe. The library will provide the refreshments.

Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 226-4318.