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Keweenaw Now staff writer Mark Pavolich of Keweenaw County has contributed
several news articles, two of which covered visits by heads
of state to the local area (Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Supreme Court Appointee George W. Bush).
In addition to his interest in politics, Mark is involved in the business plans for
Keweenaw Now. He has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Finlandia University (formerly Suomi College). Mark's two daughters, Chelsea and Carissa, also keep him busy. Both Mark and Chelsea, now 11, have participated in local peace marches and vigils.
|Chelsea Pavolich, now 11, made her own peace sign for
the Oct. 25, 2003, Walk for Peace from Houghton to Hancock and back with
her Dad, Mark Pavolich. They are pictured here near the Motherlode
Coffee House in Houghton. (Photo by Michele Anderson)
Chelsea, a student at Calumet Middle School, said she was extremely disappointed that Michael Moore's film, Fahrenheit 9/11, received an R rating, preventing her from attending the opening of the film at Houghton's Lode Theater with her Dad.
|Chelsea Pavolich, now 11, displays another peace sign
she made for the Oct. 25, 2003, Walk for Peace. (Photo by Michele
Peaceful protests greet Bush in Marquette
By Mark Pavolich Posted 07/16/2004
-- About 1500 Upper Peninsula protesters -- from labor organizers to environmentalists to peace
groups and Kerry-Edwards supporters -- held a peaceful demonstration outside
Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome in Marquette during the
recent rally held for visiting President George W. Bush. Keweenaw Now
staff writer Mark Pavolich reports concerns and viewpoints expressed by both the
protesters and the rally attendees. more
Good Times Music store supports local musicians
By Mark Pavolich Posted 04/26/2004
HOUGHTON -- If you're wondering where you can find CDs by local musicians, a
new guitar, stringed instrument repair or even instruction in string and
wind instruments, try the new Good Times Music store at 506 Shelden Avenue in
Houghton. Proprietor Susie Landers supports local musicians and recording
artists as well as offering a wide variety of music products. Good Times rolled onto the local music scene early this month with a
festive grand opening that featured a live bluegrass performance by The Mountain Echo Band, including young Kelly Suvanto on fiddle.
Unemployment, tax cuts, Party support top Houghton County Democrats' concerns
By Mark Pavolich Posted 05/21/2003
HOUGHTON -- At their recent fund-raising awards dinner, Houghton County Democrats heard messages from their representatives in Lansing and Washington, D.C., on the Republican administration's $304 billion dollar deficit, combined with unemployment and costly tax cuts. Local Democratic leaders rallied the crowd of nearly 100 at the event, calling for
Democratic Party support and conferring awards for leadership and service. more
Photo: Janet Metsa, right, Houghton County
Democratic Party chair, presents the first Andrew Wisti Leadership Award to Ami
Wisti, Party secretary, at the Democrats' fundraising and awards dinner May 16,
2003, at the Bluffs Senior Living and Banquet Facility in Houghton. (Photo by
Finland's President Tarja Halonen addresses Finlandia grads
By Mark Pavolich Posted 04/30/2003
HANCOCK -- Tarja Halonen, Finland's first woman president, addressed Finlandia University's 2003 graduating class and a capacity audience in Finlandia's Paavo Nurmi
Gymnasium on Sunday, April 27. In her speech to the graduates, Halonen stressed international cooperation, the central role of the United Nations and the importance of intercultural understanding for peace and security in the modern world.
Photo: Finland's President Tarja Halonen and Robert Ubbelohde, Finlandia University president, at Finnish-American Center reception following Finlandia Graduation Apr.
27, 2003. (Photo by Mark Pavolich for Keweenaw Now.)
Alliance Walks, Vigils to continue
By Mark Pavolich Posted 04/11/2003
HOUGHTON -- The Copper Country Peace Alliance continues its Peace Walks and Vigils to attest that in the absence of social and economic justice for all, there can be no genuine peace or security for anyone. Guest author Mark Pavolich of Keweenaw County writes about the recent Walks for Peace and Vigils to mourn the Iraqi and American victims of the War on Iraq. A Walk for Peace will be held on Saturday, April 12, starting at noon from the Motherlode in Houghton. The Vigils will continue from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in front of the Houghton Post Office.
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