Citizens’ Climate Lobby Meeting April 13th

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – Join the Marquette Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby for the group’s monthly meeting in the Lion’s Room of the Peter White Public Library at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 13th. The national CCL group will present a video-conference to the local chapters during these meetings, which are regularly scheduled the second Saturday of each month.

Take3 at Crystal Theatre April 7th

April 6, 2019

Crystal Falls, MI – The musical trio Take3 will perform at the Crystal Theatre Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 pm. The trio brings their classical expertise as well as their rock star charisma to the table. To find out more, visit the theater’s website.

Latest U.P. Reader includes Best Stories from U.P. Writers of All Ages

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association (UPPAA) presents the third installment of the U.P. Reader. The latest edition of the annual anthology will feature the collected works of thirty-six of the best of the authors of the Upper Peninsula. We are again thrilled to include the three winners of the Dandelion Cottage Short Story Award in our publication. This award, created by UPPAA member Larry Buege in 2017, showcases the best writing from young authors who are enrolled in U.P. primary and secondary public schools.

“The U.P. Reader is something I hope will put Upper Peninsula authors in touch with the readers to expand their exposure to a much greater and more effective level,” commented Committee Chair, Mikel B. Classen.

This collection will be published by the UPPAA and will showcase the multitude of talent within the membership of the organization. The U.P. Reader will average 45 – 50K words and will include all genres of writing including non-fiction and poetry. Artwork and photography pertaining to submissions are encouraged.

The U.P. Reader will be available to booksellers as well as authors for sale and promotion. This will allow the members an opportunity to participate in a project that will not only showcase their talents as writers but also to get the finished product in front of readers so they can discover the U.P. authors that interest them no matter what their reading preference.

Submissions will be juried by a panel and those chosen will appear in the U.P. Reader. Authors chosen to be published in the anthology will see their submission published along with an author’s bio to steer readers to more work by that author.

“This is a publication about discovery. Finding new favorites and maybe rediscovering some old ones too. I think it is underestimated how many really talented writers we have living right here in the U.P. and the Reader will be the place to find them.” said Mikel Classen.

Tyler Tichelaar, President of UPPAA, adds, “A collection of short stories, poetry, and essays will allow readers to enjoy a hodge-podge of U.P. literature from many different voices and will offer numerous visions and definitions of what it means to live here. The U.P. can be many different things to many different people and such a collection will help make that clear.”

Proceeds from the U.P. will be used to support operating costs of the UPPAA and its many events to educate its members about writing and publishing, and to support educational projects like the Dandelion Cottage story contest that encourages young writers, but the main focus remains to get U.P. literature into the hands of readers.

Biology Student Awarded Best Poster for Research Project

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University biology graduate student and teaching assistant John Whitinger was recently awarded Best Poster at the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society-Wildlife Society meeting, which was held recently at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord. The win marks the first time that NMU has been recognized for a top research project at the meeting, according to NMU biology professor Brandon Gerig.

Whitinger’s poster, titled “Trophic Ecology of Sport Fish in a Lake Michigan Embayment,” focuses on characterizing how invasive species such as quagga mussels and round goby fish influence native sport fish, such as walleye and yellow perch.

“My research analyzes the stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen to better understand the trophic ecology of the fish community in Little Bay de Noc,” he said. “Carbon allows us to differentiate where different fish species are getting their energy from so we can distinguish between, say, the offshore food web and the nearshore food web. Nitrogen provides an indication of where that species fits within the food web so we can separate out our lower-level organisms, like mussels, from an intermediate small prey fish, like a juvenile yellow perch, from a large apex predator like a northern pike. Our results suggest that walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and, to a certain extent, yellow perch are converging on a common prey resource which we hypothesize is round goby.”

The poster was awarded this high honor over other research projects being conducted by agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the following universities: Michigan State, Central Michigan, Grand Valley State, Lake Superior State, Notre Dame and the University of Toledo.

“I really enjoyed talking with other fisheries professionals from around the state and learning about the research that students from other universities are conducting,” Whitinger said. “It was exciting to share my research with other fisheries scientists and receive positive feedback. I am happy I was able to represent NMU’s biology department and our growing fisheries research program, and I am looking forward to attending again next year.”

National Weather Service Marquette Spring Weather Presentations

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – As seen in recent years, America is becoming increasingly vulnerable to weather events. Even Upper Michigan, which many perceive as being immune to significant weather, faces significant threats from winter storms, flooding, wind storms, and severe thunderstorms. Each year, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Marquette travel across Upper Michigan giving spring weather presentations. The presentations cater to the typical weather enthusiast and allow an opportunity for residents from across the U.P. to be actively involved in reporting important weather information to the National Weather Service. Routine weather reports during active weather are critical to the National Weather Service’s protection of life and property mission. The presentations are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

This year’s National Weather Service presentation will last about 1 1/2 hours. Some of the topics that will be covered include, the public’s role in building a Weather-Ready Nation, social media’s role in weather reporting, a recap of last year’s storms including the historic flooding in the Keweenaw, basic radar and cloud interpretation, and weather safety and preparedness.

A calendar of scheduled talks can be found on the National Weather Service Marquette website at Additional information is also available by calling the National Weather Service at (906)-475-5212.

River Valley Bank Supports Brain Tumor Center

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – River Valley Bank presented a $5,000 check to the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center as the title sponsor of the Hope Starts Here Challenge. The event raises funds and awareness for the UMBTC, a collaborative effort between UP Health System, Northern Michigan University, and the Superior Health Foundation. The UMBTC’s mission is to empower patients and families dealing with brain tumors through advocacy, research, education and treatment.

“We are extremely grateful for River Valley Bank’s dedicated and continued support,” said Amber LaCrosse, director of the UMBTC lab at NMU. “They not only contribute a generous amount of money, but they’re heavily involved in the planning and marketing from start to finish. It’s amazing the Hope Starts Here fundraiser has helped to sustain the lab for nearly 14 years. The community makes this happen.”

“As part of our core values, River Valley Bank believes in giving back to the communities that we serve,” said Ashley Cody, River Valley Bank vice president and market manager. “We do that through both monetary donations and volunteer time. We are proud to support Hope Starts Here and the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center.”

The 2019 River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge will be held on Saturday, May 11th. It features 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs, a duathlon and a leisurely walk. For more information or to register, click here.

Nomination Process Open for U.P. Folklife Awards Through April 12th

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – The nomination process for the 2019 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards is now open and the general public is invited to be part of the process. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 12.

The nominees can be individuals or organizations that make a difference in the creation and/or preservation of the folk culture in the Upper Peninsula, including music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food. The U.P. Folklife Awards were established in 2009.

When the nomination period ends, a committee will review all submissions and make the final selections. Submit nominations at the following link:

Saturday Book Babies at PWPL

April 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – Saturday Book Babies is on Saturday, April 13th from 10:30 am- 10:50 am in the Peter White Public Library Great Room. Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for ages 0-24 months and stay for a playtime afterwards. For more information call 226-4323, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.