Three To Be Ordained at St. Peter Cathedral May 31st

May 29, 2019

Marquette, MI – Three seminarians of the Diocese of Marquette will be ordained by Bishop John Doerfler during a special Mass on Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 3:30 pm ET at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. Deacon Michael Kowalewski is set to be ordained a priest, while Brother Romeo Cappella and Thomas Merkel will be ordained deacons (transitional). The Mass is open to the public and all are welcome.

Deacon Kowalewski, a Rhode Island native, was ordained a transitional deacon on Jan. 11, 2019 by Bishop Doerfler. He was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Marquette in 2013 for the Companions of Christ the Lamb in Paradise, Mich. to prepare to be a religious order priest. He studied for two years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and spent two years serving in parishes in L’Anse, Baraga, and Assinins.

In 2016, he continued his studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Marquette, now studying to be a parish priest. Deacon Kowalewski has completed his studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. His home parish is Sacred Heart Parish in L’Anse. He is the son of Tony and Sheryl Kowalewski.

Brother Cappella is originally from the Lower Peninsula town of Southgate. He began his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2010 as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit. However, in 2015, he discerned religious life with the Companions of Christ the Lamb, and became a seminarian for the Diocese of Marquette. He has completed his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary this spring.

Merkel, an Upper Peninsula native from St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Iron Mountain has been a seminarian for the diocese since 2015. Following his diaconate ordination, Merkel will continue his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. God willing, Merkel along with Brother Cappella, will be ordained to the priesthood next year.

Strengthening Families Parent Cafe May 30th

May 29, 2019

Alger, MI – This Thursday, May 30th at 5:30 pm we are hosting our Strengthening Families Parent Cafe in the Kabana Room at Alger Parks & Recreation. We will be casually talking about parental resilience, what it is, and how we can work towards achieving it, especially through taking care of ourselves (self-care).

Parent Cafes are a great way to talk with other parents, learn different parenting strategies, and make connections with people. You never know, you may even make a new friend!

We welcome ALL families, of all backgrounds, and all ages and stages (0-12 years old). Parents, grandparents, foster parents, guardians, caregivers are all invited and encouraged to participate.

5:30 pm-6:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm-6:15 pm Updates
6:15 pm-7:00 pm Parent Cafe and wrap up

We will provide free dinner and childcare as usual. If you plan to attend, please let Kelly Sippl, Parent Liaison-Alger County, know at

Connect with EGLE in the U.P. June 5th-6th

May 29, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) will present the Northern Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference June 5-6 in the Upper Peninsula.

This event provides residents with a premier compliance assistance opportunity along with educational sessions. It also offers attendees a chance to engage in-person with EGLE staff, who will support businesses and local officials in navigating complex environmental laws and best practices for efficiency and sustainability.

Event at-a-glance
What: Northern Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
Who: Business owners, contractors and municipal officials
When: June 5-6, 2019
Where: Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Web: Visit the event webpage for details

Conference highlights will include updates on what the new EGLE agency reorganization means for Michigan, an overview on the state PFAS response, and sessions on environmental compliance issues like asbestos, hazardous waste and brownfield redevelopment.

Media: Inquire with Jim Ostrowski regarding media passes.

The new Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, established April 22, 2019, combines the functions and expertise of the Department of Environmental Quality, Agency for Energy and Office of the Great Lakes into one team.

For more information, go to:

League of Women Voters of Marquette County Hosts Annual Meeting and Meet-and-Greet

May 29, 2019

Marquette, MI – The League of Women Voters in Marquette County is pleased to announce our Annual Meeting to be held at the Ore Dock Brewing Company on Wednesday, June 12th, at 6:00 pm. Save the date and join us for our Annual Meeting and new member outreach.

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about our activities and plans to come and meet the current members of the League. Attendees will enjoy a brief program, pizza, and an opportunity to learn about membership and volunteer opportunities with the League of Women Voters.

League membership is open to all men and women, 16 years of age and older. Currently the membership fee is being waived for students. For more information, contact Darlene Allen at 906-225-9103 or

FROST Welcomes Scientists from the Institute of Forensic Medicine May 30th

May 29, 2019

Marquette, MI – On Thursday, May 30th, 2019, Dr. Jane Wankmiller and the Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST) are welcoming a group of scientists from the Institute for Forensic Medicine in Salzburg, Austria. The visiting researchers study human remains at the first European Human Taphonomy Research Facility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Together, Dr. Wankmiller and the Austrian research team will be presenting a symposium that will include updates on the FROST facility and presentations about our guests’ research in Europe.

These talks are open to the NMU campus community and the public. Each presentation will be approximately 15 minutes in length, and there will be a question & answer period at the end.

Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Location: Jamrich 1318
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Alger Great Start Parent Cafe May 30th

May 29, 2019

Munising, MI – The Strengthening Families Parent Cafe- GSPC May meeting will be held in the Kabana Room at Alger Parks & Rec on Thursday, May 30th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Join parents like yourself and have in-depth conversations about parenting topics. FREE DINNER AND CHILDCARE. Baby Bucks available.

VA to Host VA MISSION Act Presentation May 30th

May 29, 2019

Iron Mountain, MI – The VA will be implementing the new VA Community Care Program on June 6th, 2019, which is part of the VA MISSION Act signed by President Trump in 2018.

To help explain the new program, which includes a new urgent care benefit, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting a presentation and question and answer session at 5 pm CT on Thursday, May 30th, 2019, at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. The event will be held in Fornetti Hall and is open to all Veterans and their families, community health care providers, and the general public. Bay College West is located at 2801 US-2.

For those that cannot attend in person, the presentation will be streamed live on the medical center’s Facebook page and will be available for later viewing.

VA medical center leadership will discuss the details of the new program, including eligibility requirements and new access standards. Officials will also introduce and provide details of the VA’s new community urgent care benefit, which allows Veterans to seek urgent care at non-VA facilities.

“Under the VA MISSION Act, Veterans can expect improvements in how we provide them community care,” said Jim Rice, Medical Center Director. “Eligibility criteria will be different, a new urgent care benefit will be provided, and customer service will be better.”

Any questions can be directed to Iron Mountain VA Public Affairs Office at (906) 774-3300, extensions 32593 or 32001.

2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Starts May 30th

May 29, 2019

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The 2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship will commence on Thursday, May 30th and go through Saturday, June 1st. Teams will compete to fish for walleye on the St. Marys River! For more information about the event, please visit the website.