Young Swimmer Raises Money for Diabetes

July 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – One of the new swimmers registered for the July 27th Swim Teal Lake for Diabetes event this year is Julie Johnson. A 9th grader at North Star Academy, Julie has lived with type 1 diabetes for 9 years; having type 1 diabetes means Julie has to use insulin everyday to control her blood glucose and to live. Julie did not do anything to cause her diabetes and there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes.

To raise awareness about diabetes and help fund diabetes projects, Julie was responsible for putting on a penny war challenge at the North Star Academy. Because of her efforts, over $400 was raised to help support her participation in the Swim and help UPDON fund diabetes initiatives.

Please consider being one of Julie’s Swim Teal Lake sponsors as she participates in the Short and Sweet (1/4 mile) swim this year. Donations of any amount are accepted. In addition, the Swim’s major sponsor, the West End Health Foundation will match all swimmer donations up to $20,000. Checks can be made payable to West End Health Foundation and mailed to the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network at 1025 Commerce Dr. in Marquette. For donations via credit card call Pam Christensen at the Foundation office at (906) 204-7410.

A few of the projects that the Swim will help support are the 3rd annual Type 1 Diabetes Forum (scheduled for November 2), the development of services to make certain that all people living with type 1 diabetes across the U.P. have access to affordable life saving insulin and programs that will help prevent type 2 diabetes.

For more information about the swim or diabetes, contact the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON) at (906) 273-1120 or UPDON, a program partner of UPCAP has been serving the U.P. since 1985.

NAMI Support Group July 8th

July 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette (NAMI) offers free, confidential peer support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness.

A support group will gather Monday, July 8 at 7:00 pm in the Baraga Place Conference Room, 129 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette. For more information call 906-360-7107, visit, or follow us on Facebook.

Marquette DDA Banners Placed on North Third Street

July 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA), in conjunction with the Marquette Board of Light and Power, is placing branded MDDA banners on North Third Street. These banners utilize the new color scheme and logos associated with the recently adopted brand by the MDDA. Additional banners will be placed throughout Downtown Marquette in the coming months, solidifying the connection between North Third Street and the rest of the downtown district.

“These brightly colored banners are a beautiful reflection of the local landscape, Lake Superior, and the charming architecture that adorns our downtown. We are excited to be able to place similar banners throughout downtown in order to better define Downtown Marquette for both locals and visitors alike,” states Rebecca Salmon, Marquette Downtown Development Assistant Director.

Legacy of Faith Announces $280,000 in Grants Across U.P.

July 6, 2019

Marquette, MI – Most Reverend John F. Doerfler, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, recently approved the recommendation of more than $281,333 in grants to Upper Peninsula initiatives that benefit social services and faith education. Catholic parishes, missions, Catholic schools, and Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula are the recipient organizations.

The Legacy of Faith Fund, held by the UP Catholic Foundation, was founded in 2001 by Bishop James Garland. The fund’s grant review committee submits recommendations to Bishop Doerfler.

In accordance with Legacy of Faith endowment guidelines, half of the available grant funds support Catholic schools, 30 percent parish faith formation, 10 percent Catholic Social Services of the U.P. and 10 percent Catholic Action Fund, which supports new and emerging programs and ministries.

A Legacy of Faith grant helped All Saints, Gladstone take 35 students and chaperones on an overnight retreat to Holy Hill Shrine in Wisconsin.

Highlights from the 64 grants approved include initiatives in:

Evangelization. Under Bishop Doerfler’s leadership, the focus of grants has been on evangelizing programs and ministries that support his three-fold invitation to the people of the Diocese of Marquette to be a friend of Jesus, make a friend, and introduce that friend to Jesus. This year’s grants include support for the 2019 Evangelization Summit to be held October 11 – 12. To register for the summit, please visit

Catholic Social Services. Catholic Social Services provides help for people across the Upper Peninsula from three locations in Marquette, Iron Mountain, and Escanaba. Legacy of Faith provides a $29,133 distribution for services this year.

Youth Education. The nine diocesan Catholic schools receive an unrestricted grant each year from the Legacy of Faith Fund. In addition, Legacy of Faith supports Vacation Bible Schools, Catholic Summer Camps, Totus Tuus, and participation at Steubenville among other Catholic Youth Education programs available throughout the Diocese.

Adult Continuing Ed. Legacy of Faith supports continuing Catholic education for adults. Many parishes are currently participating in FORMED, a powerful video-based education tool that encourages parishes to come together for faith formation but can also be utilized by parishioners for at-home learning.

Technology. Keeping up with advances in technology is important in any organization, and the Catholic Church is no exception. Investment in new faith formation technology this year at Precious Blood Parish in Stephenson and St. Christopher’s in Marquette will mean cost savings for these parishes over the long term.

As we celebrate 19 years of grantmaking, we wish to thank the many supporters of Legacy of Faith.

For a complete list of grants please visit the Diocesan website.

For more information on Legacy of Faith and to make a legacy gift contact Terri Gadzinski at tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette or (906) 227-9108. To donate online visit

Donations may also be mailed to: Legacy of Faith, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr, Marquette, MI 49855.

City of Negaunee Issues Kirkwood Block Update

July 6, 2019

Negaunee, MI – Due to the structural instabilities Identified on May 17th 2019 at the Kirkwood Block, the City of Negaunee has been working on ensuring the safety of the residents and visitors to the City of Negaunee. We are providing this update to inform the public on what actions have taken place in the last few weeks to resolve this issue.

An environmental survey was conducted to identify elements that may be hazardous to the general public, as well as identifying what methods will need to be undertaken to ensure that those elements are not a hazard to the general public or contractors during any future work at the Kirkwood block. Asbestos was identified to be present.

On June 17th 2019 a temporary fence was erected on the north driving lane, north parking lane, and north sidewalk of Iron St, these fences were erected after the City Council unanimously passed a resolution during their regular June meeting to erect said fences.

As of June 26, 2019, an order of demolition has been sent to the property owner, with demolition to start immediately, failure to do so will result in fines and the City of Negaunee contracting a demolition company to remove the Kirkwood block safely and properly.

Due to the results of the structural survey and the asbestos survey the City of Negaunee has contacted engineering firms to draft a bid package for the controlled demolition of the Kirkwood building. The City of Negaunee will be contracting a demolition company, if the property owner does not comply with the demolition order in the coming weeks. The bid package will take into account the abatement of asbestos, ensure that no damage occurs to the neighboring buildings, and that the safety of the residents and visitors to the City of Negaunee is maintained at all times.

Due to the complexities of the demolition of the Kirkwood Block this process does take time and we at the City urge residents to have patience while the proper companies are preparing for the removal of this structure.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Planning and Zoning Administrator, David Nelson at (906) 475-7700 ext. 12.

VA Vet Center Celebrates 40 Years With Open House July 12th

July 6, 2019

Iron Mountain, MI – The VA Vet Center in Escanaba, Michigan, will be holding an open house and summer grill out to celebrate the Vet Center Program’s 40th Anniversary on Friday, July 12, 2019, beginning at 11 am ET. Veterans, active duty servicemembers, their families and the general public are welcome. The Vet Center is located at 3500 Ludington Street.

The open house will begin at 11 a.m. with opening remarks honoring Vietnam Veterans for initiating and starting the program in the 1970s followed by a cookout. Staff from the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center, Veteran Service Offices, Michigan State Extension, and other agencies will also be on hand to assist Veterans and inform them of programs that may benefit them.

Public Law 96-22 was signed on June 13, 1979 establishing the Vet Centers within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in response to Vietnam combat and era Veterans not accessing VA services at the same levels as Korean and World War II Veterans.

Today, 300 Vet Centers and 80 Mobile Vet Centers provide community-based counseling for a wide range of social and psychological services, including confidential readjustment counseling, outreach and referral to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components and their families.

Individual, group, marriage and family counseling are offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services at no cost. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

Any questions regarding the open house or services provided by the Vet Center can be directed to the Vet Center at (906) 233-0244.