Community Reading Program Expands

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – After a year-long hiatus, the One Book One Community program is making its comeback with a new name and a new partner. Two Books Two Communities expands the 13-year program with two book selections—both about Great Lakes—and a variety of events being held in both Marquette and Munising.

“Partnering with Munising has reinvigorated the project and given us the opportunity to do some really interesting programming,” said Two Books Two Communities chair Anne Donohue. “This year’s titles will appeal to a broad range of interests and I’m especially pleased to introduce people to a book of poetry that I think will surprise them in its appeal. It’s a chance to try a genre a lot of people think they don’t like.”

This year’s books include Harborless by Cindy Hunter Morgan, a collection of poems informed by the Great Lakes shipwrecks, and The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis, which tells the story of The Malabar, a double-masted schooner the author helped sail from Lake Michigan to Bar Harbor, Maine.

“The books chosen this year both speak to our nautical roots in Munising and to the deep, rich history we have with Lake Superior and our shoreline sister Marquette,” said Lisa Cromell, director of the Munising School Public Library. “It will be exciting to see the many facets of each book come to life as the programs progress.”

Founded in 2006 as One Book One Community, the program began with the goal of bringing Northern Michigan University and Marquette County readers together with a common book. It also set out to introduce new NMU students to the community and to an academic life through the joy of reading, the life of the mind and the free exchange of ideas.

Two Books Two Communities events are scheduled for this fall and details on those events will be released later.

Joy Named Director of NMU Honors Program

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University Professor Michael Joy is the new director of the NMU Honors Program after serving a decade as assistant director.

Students in the program engage in an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables them to earn general education credits in small, discussion-based courses, followed by Honors credit through individualized courses within their majors in their final two years.

“An Honors Program is valuable to a university because it is a way to attract students who are willing to challenge themselves academically,” said Joy. “The program is great for students because it’s a way for them to enhance their college experience, shows that they can take on extra responsibility and sets them apart from others applying for grad school or jobs four or five years down the line.”

Joy succeeds English Professor David Wood, who recently stepped down from the director role he held since 2010. The NMU Honors Program is in its 21st year.

Joy’s plans include growing the program in a controlled manner, maintaining the program’s excellence in education, increasing the completion rate and building a stronger community by increasing social activities among the students.

“One of my goals is to have an entering class of about 100 students per year within the next few years,” said Joy.

“Dr. Joy is an exemplary teacher and mentor and he brings a wealth of successful experience to the position,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Rob Winn. “I am delighted that Dr. Joy has agreed to serve as Honors director and I am confident that the program will continue to move forward in a positive direction under his leadership.”

Joy began teaching Spanish at NMU in 2006. He has also served as the faculty adviser for Quiz Bowl and plans to continue in that role.

Negaunee Eagle’s Club Updated Lighting Project

June 24, 2019

Negaunee, MI – The Negaunee Eagle’s Club recently completed an energy efficient lighting project that will reduce energy usage in addition to saving operation and maintenance costs for the facility.

The Eagle’s Club collaborated with the Negaunee Electric Department and power supplier WPPI Energy to conserve energy by updating and replacing outdated lighting fixtures. The facility swapped outdated fluorescent lights with new LED’s; the new lights will result in a significant energy savings.

Negaunee Electric Department presented the Eagle’s Club with a check for $481 on June 4, 2019 at Eagle Club on Iron Street to help offset costs.

“When our customers take steps to conserve, they not only save on energy costs, but they also help lessen demands on the local electric system,” remarked Nate Heffron, City Manager of Negaunee. “Energy conservation is the most practical and effective way that we can help protect the environment and keep customers’ electric bills down for the long term.”

Questions concerning this release or this program may be directed to the attention of the Brett Neimi, Senior Energy Services Representative, WPPI at (906) 284-2298.

Superior Arts Youth Theater 3rd Annual Superhero Fun Run July 6th

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Superior Arts Youth Theater will hold their 3rd annual Superhero Fun Run on Saturday, July 6th at 8:00 am. Racers and spectators are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for this family fun event kicking off the holiday weekend and supporting our local youth theater. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and top finisher by age group.

The run will begin in the east-side parking lot of Lakeview arena and continue north on the bike path towards Presque Isle. If you are completing the 10k, the race will continue around Presque Isle and come back to Lakeview through the Pine Street triangle. If you are competing in the 5k, the turn around will be at LaBonte Park. The kids’ run will leave from Lakeview and go onto the park and turn left at the Pine Street triangle and come back behind the buildings to the finish line. New this year is chip timing!

Registration: 8 AM – 8:30 AM
5k & 10k Race start: 9:00 AM
Kids Fun Run start: 10:30 AM

T-shirt and bib pick-up will be held on Friday, July 5th from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.
Forest Roberts Theatre
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855

If you cannot pick up on Friday night, please see us at the registration table before the race on Saturday between 8:00 am – 8:30 am.

Register at:
Registration fees: 10k — $35; 5K — $30; Kid’s Run — $15

The Marquette History Center Presents Lunch With the History People

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette History Center presents Lunch With the History People.

Aren’t there a million questions you have about historic buildings, legendary people, “what are those ruins,” and on and on. We can’t guarantee you’ll get all the answers, but you’ll have fun learning more about local history. One day each month in July and August different local historians will give a chat over lunch. Bring your pasty and questions!

Lunch With the History People: Iron Ore Heritage Trail
July 18th at 12:00 pm-1:00 pm with Carol Fulsher and friends

August Lunch With the History People: David Aeh
August 14th at 12:00 pm-1:00 pm with David Aeh of the Ishpeming Area Historical Society and owner of Main Street Antique Mall in Ishpeming.

For more info visit or call 906.226.3571

NAMI Michigan to Host NAMIWalks 5K Kick-Off Rally July 2nd

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – NAMI Michigan (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will host its NAMIWalks Northern Michigan Kick-Off Rally Tuesday, July 2nd at Ore Dock Brewing Co. in Marquette, MI from 5 PM -7 PM.

The NAMIWalks Kick-Off Rally is a free, family-friendly event for all members of the Upper Peninsula to come together for a great afternoon of food and fun to encourage members of the Marquette and surrounding communities to support the NAMIWalks Northern Michigan 5K, September 14, 2019 at Mattson Harbor Park. Onsite registration begins at 8:00 am; the walk begins at 10 am.

“Mental illness and suicides are mostly treatable and preventable epidemics in our society, significantly impacting our youth. Unfortunately, many families and school professionals are unaware of the resources available in their communities. Stigma continues to be the leading barrier to the treatment that leads to better outcomes,” says Kevin Fischer, Executive Director of NAMI Michigan. “Mental illness is a medical diagnosis; not a weakness”, says Fischer.

Michigan experienced over 1,300 suicide deaths in 2017. More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition, which means with proper diagnoses and treatment, many can be prevented.

Additional NAMIWalks information is available at For more information, please contact Briana Sallis, NAMIWalks Coordinator, at or at (517) 853-0952.

About NAMI
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

MRHC Annual Cemetery Walking Tours June 25th

June 24, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) presents the: Annual Cemetery Walking Tours at Park Cemetery Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00 & 6:00 pm.

Join us for our ever-popular walking tour of a local cemetery, this year’s theme honoring artists. Art Week will be in full swing in Marquette and we will take a look back at artists from our region: musicians, writers, visual and performing artists. Meet near main gate. $5 suggested donation. For more info visit or call 906.226.3571.