2007 Happenings -- August 2007 Happenings
Planning Commission to meet Aug. 27
HANCOCK -- The potential sale of waterfront lots in the City of Hancock's
Government Lot 5 near Swedetown Creek will again be a subject of discussion for
the Hancock Planning Commission at their next monthly meeting. The meeting
begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 399
Quincy Street. Read
the Agenda on our Blog.
Copper Harbor's Art in the Park to feature art, music, food Aug. 18-19
HARBOR -- Sixty five artists from all over the country, music, pasties, hot dogs, brats, a bake
sale, face painting, Lakers on Parade and Oreo the Skunk are just some of the items on tap for this
coming weekend’s 20th Annual Art in the Park. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Grant Township Park in Copper Harbor
-- rain or shine. Read more on
Keweenaw Now's new Blog.
Photo: Hunter's Point, a recreational trail in Copper Harbor in need of funding for its Phase II, will share
proceeds from Art in the Park with local organizations. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo
Heritage Celebration to be Aug. 17, 18, 19
Main Street Calumet's Heritage Celebration will offer three days of events for
the whole family Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19. Heritage Days recognize the courageous emigrants who settled in the Calumet area and worked to become Americans. Come and celebrate Calumet's cultural diversity with music, dance, food and traditional arts.
View the winners of the Windows Competition and visit the ongoing Key Ingredients Exhibit in the Keweenaw Heritage Center.
Music will be provided alternately by Maple Sugar Folk and Fiddlehead between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday to celebrate this year's "French and Irish" theme. The Calumet Elks Beer Garden also begins at noon
Saturday in Agassiz Park. Read more and see photos on Keweenaw
Photo: Croatian folk dance and music is represented by this colorful exhibit of the Croatian Fraternal Union
Lodge #270 at 200 Fifth Street. Their window display tied with Rowe Furniture for Third Place as People's
Choice in the window competition. The dolls' colorful costumes offer a preview of the Duquesne University
Tamburitzans, who will perform ethnic folk dance and song at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Calumet
Theatre -- all part of the Heritage Celebration! See our blog
for larger version and more photos. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
Carl Olson Run/Walk to be held Aug. 25 at Chassell trails
CHASSELL -- The annual Carl Olson Memorial Adventure Run/Walk will take place at
the Chassell trails on Saturday morning, August 25. Bib pick-up and registration
are from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and events begin at 8:45 a.m. Many runners call
this their favorite race because of the beauty and variety of the trail system.
Runners can choose a 5 km or 8 km race. Walkers can participate in the 5 km fun
walk. There is a youth 2 km race and, new this year, a three-person-team 5 km
event just for high school runners. Read more on Keweenaw
DEQ/DNR revise public hearing schedule for Kennecott Eagle Project
MARQUETTE, LANSING -- The Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and
Natural Resources have issued an Updated Notice of their Consolidated Public
Hearing on the Kennecott Eagle Project, a proposed nickel and copper mine in
Marquette County. The notice is a response to public requests for an
additional hearing in the City of Marquette. See the revised schedule on Keweenaw
"We Are all Family," fiber art by Christine Saari, on exhibit at Kerredge
Gallery through Aug. 25
-- "We Are All Family," a fiber art installation by Christine Saari,
is on exhibit at the Kerredge Gallery of the Copper Country Community Arts
Center through Aug. 25. The Marquette artist, well-known for her fiber art
constructions about her family, will give a talk about her work at the Opening
Reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 10. This exhibition will
feature three bodies of work: Family Album, Travel Bags and Shaman's Coat. The
Travel Bags came about when Saari's husband was ill and she was confined at
home. She began hand-stitching bags made from the bits of fabric and other
treasures collected from more than 20 years of world travel.
Photo: Fiber art by Christine Saari. Click on photo for larger version. (Image courtesy Community Arts Center)
Harbor to host 47th Annual Art Fair Aug. 11-12
The 47th Annual Eagle Harbor Fine Art Fair and Exhibit will be held from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in the churchyard of St. Peter's by the Sea and the area surrounding the historic Rathbone School
in Eagle Harbor. Featuring recent work by Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA)
members and more than 64 invited artists, the exhibit includes watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, fiber, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, basketry, silver, iron, copper, stone, wood, bark, computer assisted prints and other materials.
Read more details on the Keweenaw
Photo: Eagle Harbor Art Fair. Photo © 2006 Duane Lyon with digital manipulation by Linden Dahlstrom. Reprinted with permission.
August Happenings now posted on
Keweenaw Now's new BLOG
HANCOCK -- Visit Keweenaw Now's new blog, www.keweenawnow.blogspot.com
to learn about August Happenings. We recently posted community
announcements on the First
Annual Portage Paddle Fest, the Community
Arts Center Summer Arts Camp, Keweenaw
Krayons' "Homemade Fun Day" and the Keweenaw
Guerilla Gardeners. See these announcements, watch for more Keweenaw
Happenings and add your own comments on our blog
or send us your own community announcement for the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two new book signings at Finlandia's North Wind Shops July 30, 31
HANCOCK -- Finlandia's North Wind Shops, formerly North Wind Books, will host
two authors for book signings this week. Loraine Campbell will sign copies of her new book,
A Pocketful of Passage, at 3 p.m. Monday, July 30. For young readers, A Pocketful of
Passage is based on the memories of Annie Bowen Hoge, whose father for many years tended a lighthouse that guided ships through an important shipping lane between Passage Island and Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Every summer until she was nine, Annie and her family lived on Passage Island.
At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, Lauri Anderson will sign copies of his just-published collection of short stories,
Back to Misery Bay. The stories are set all over America and beyond: in Misery Bay itself or nearby communities, in a north shore suburb of Chicago, in California, in Colorado,
England and Florida. All are welcome to both events, and refreshments will be
served. North Wind Shops is in downtown Hancock. For more information, contact the bookstore at 906-487-7217.
Finlandia Gallery to exhibit "In/of Nature," by Cherie Sampson,
July 26-Sept. 5
HANCOCK -- The Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, continues a summer exhibition schedule of Finnish-American artists with
"In/of Nature" by Cherie Sampson July 26 through Sept. 5, 2007. An opening reception for the artist will take place
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the gallery, located in the
Finnish American Heritage Center. At the reception, the artist will present a brief talk about her work. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Sampson has received numerous grants to work in Finland. In both Finland and the United States, she has created environmental,
performance and video art pieces, as well as sculpture and photography. more
Photo: Artist Cherie Sampson often works outdoors --
in wild, public and rural locations. (Photo courtesy
Author, illustrator to sign new children's book, R is for Raccoon,
HANCOCK -- Finlandia University’s North Wind Books will host a book signing event with local children’s author Lesley A. DuTemple and local artist Susan
Robinson at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. All are invited and refreshments will be served.
DuTemple and Robinson will sign copies of the newly published R is for
Raccoon, their second collaboration. Their first book, One Little Balsam Fir, A Northwoods Counting
Book, is also featured. Both books are pre-school picture books written by DuTemple and illustrated by Robinson.
A resident of Eagle River, Mich., Lesley A. DuTemple has written and published more than 20 children’s books, many of them award-winning. Susan Robinson
of Hancock is a self-taught artist with a lifelong interest in art and the natural world.
North Wind Books is located on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock. For additional information, please contact the bookstore at
Photo: Cover of R is for
Raccoon, by local children’s author Lesley A. DuTemple and local artist Susan
Robinson. (Photo courtesy Finlandia University. Reprinted with permission.)
Wildlife biologist to speak on wolf ecology July 24
GRATIOT LAKE -- Wildlife Biologist Greg Wright will present "Wolf Ecology: Fact and Fiction"
at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, July 24, at the Eagle Harbor Community Building. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will follow the Annual Membership Business Meeting of the Gratiot Lake Conservancy, beginning at 7 p.m. in the same location. Visit the
Gratiot Lake Conservancy Web site for more information.
City of Hancock
to hold public hearing July 18 on real property sale
HANCOCK -- The City of Hancock will hold a Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, July 18,
2007, at the City Hall Council Chambers, 399 Quincy Street, Hancock, to consider public comments on the proposed sale of
several parcels of real property owned by the City. The parcels are
located near Swedetown Creek and Portage Lake, including waterfront. Read
the Public Notice.
Sibelius Academy musicians to perform July 18, 19, 20 at
Each year Finlandia University and the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Finland, collaborate to
bring a sample of Finnish musical excellence to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The only concert series of its kind in North America, this year’s festival takes place Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, July 18-20, at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet, Mich. All performances begin at 7:30
p.m. The Kegel Trio will perform Wednesday, July 18: Paavo Maijala, piano, Lauri
Sallinen, clarinet, and Vuokko Lempiäinen, viola, are all post-graduate students at the Sibelius Academy.
Thursday's concert will feature soprano Jenni Lättilä, accompanied by pianist Mikko
Both are pursuing their second master’s degrees at the Sibelius Academy. On
Friday, prize-winning solo pianist and Sibelius graduate student Tuomas Kyyhkynen will perform compositions by Bach,
Mozart, Sibelius, Scriabin, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt. more
Photo: Prize-winning solo pianist Tuomas Kyyhkynen will perform compositions by Bach,
Mozart, Sibelius, Scriabin, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt on Friday, July
20, at the Calumet Theatre. Kyyhkynen, who began playing piano at
age four, is enrolled in a master's program at Sibelius
Academy. (Photo courtesy Finlandia
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to celebrate Grand Opening with Thimbleberry Jam Fest July
Posted 07/16/2007 Updated 07/17/07
HARBOR -- The eighth annual Thimbleberry Jam Festival will be held in
conjunction with the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled Keweenaw Mountain
Lodge in Copper Harbor. The art and music festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday July 21,
at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. In addition to music, art and refreshments,
guided trail hike/bike tours will leave at the top of each hour, courtesy of the Copper Harbor
Trail Club. Explore the NEW hike/bike trails from the Lodge to Copper Harbor. A limited number of
mountain bikes will be made available by Keweenaw Adventure Company. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the
Photo: Crawfish Moiakka, a local Cajun band, will be
among the musical groups performing at Keweenaw Krayons'
Thimbleberry Jam Fest July 21 at the Grand Opening of the Keweenaw Mountain
Lodge in Copper Harbor. Pictured here during their performance at Keweenaw
Krayons' 2007 Mardi Gras party, from left, are Oren Tikkanen, guitar, mandolin; Randy
percussion; Audrey Viola,
bass and vocal; Kelly Suvanto, fiddle; Gary Aho, fiddle, guitar, vocal. (Photo © 2007
Walk Against Violence to include pets July 18
-- Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home and the Copper Country Humane Society invite you to join them in a Walk Against
Violence at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. The walk will begin at the new East Houghton Waterfront Park
located west of the Super 8 Hotel and behind the Isle Royale Apartments. Parking is available at the Franklin Square Inn overflow lot across from the Citgo Gas Station in downtown Houghton.
Friendly pets under owner control are welcome. Research has shown a high correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse. The Walk Against Violence seeks to educate the public not only about the abuse link, but also
about ways to support victims of abuse and to bring about awareness. Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home provides immediate emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence; the Copper Country Humane Society dedicates itself to helping abused, stray or abandoned animals.
Free commemorative water bottles while they last. For more information please contact Becki at 281-4773 or
about last year's walk.
Photo: Keweenaw Now's official mascot,
Gordito, invites pet owners, their pets and those who want to end domestic
violence to join the Walk Against Violence at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18,
beginning at the East Houghton Waterfront Park. Click on photo for larger
version. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo
Celebrate Lake Superior
Day and enter our "blog" photo
Posted 07/13/2007 Updated 07/14/2007
HANCOCK, MI -- What’s better than a July picnic on a sandy beach next to the world’s largest freshwater lake?
How about leaving the beach cleaner than you found it? Keweenaw Now is launching
a new, interactive blog for readers
with a photo contest. We invite you to
celebrate Lake Superior Day (officially July 15) sometime during the week of
July 14-22, record it with your camera and email us your best photo in one of
three categories: landscape (the beauty of the lake), wildlife (if
you can catch them) or responsible action (e.g., doing something to leave the
beach cleaner than you found it). The Lake Superior Binational Forum is promoting
the basin-wide Lake Superior Day to highlight the personal, environmental,
economic and spiritual connections people have to this unique world treasure.
Tell us about your connection with a photo! more
Photo: Keweenaw Now photographer Gustavo
Bourdieu photographed this sunset with freighter near the Keweenaw Tip during
the Reading the Landscape boat tour from Copper Harbor on the Isle Royale Queen
IV June 30, 2007. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu)
Traveling exhibits to celebrate Copper Country food, culture July 14 - Aug.
CALUMET -- Food is the theme in the Copper Country this summer as a series of
exhibits, festivals and presentations explore the region’s rich food culture. The events are anchored by two traveling exhibits
remain open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from July 14 through August
26 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center -- the former St. Anne’s church, Calumet. Key Ingredients: America By Food is a Smithsonian exhibit depicting the history of food production in the United States, the ethnic traditions
that flavor the foods we eat and the many food-related traditions that are part of our
culture. The second exhibit, Michigan Foodways, is a Michigan State University Museum
exhibit exploring Michigan’s rich agriculture,
its diverse ethnic cuisines and its special culinary traditions.
Photo: During Heikinpäivä tori (market) on Jan. 20, 2007, Anita Campbell,
board member of the Keweenaw Heritage Center and chair of the Children's Ethnic Recipe
Contest held last February as part of Key Ingredients, displays
information on the contest in the First United Methodist Church in Hancock. Also pictured
is young helper Emma Tervo, right,
of Calumet. (Keweenaw Now file photo © Michele Anderson)
Conservation District to sponsor Knapweed Pulling July 12 and 18 at
preserves on Lake Superior
Posted 07/11/2007 Updated 07/14/2007
BETE GRISE -- The
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) will sponsor two Knapweed Pulling
and picnic days to help eliminate two preserves of this non-native, noxious weed. Spotted Knapweed
(Centaurea maculosa) is an agressive weed that is crowding out native plants at
the Bete Grise and Lizzadro preserves. Those wishing to help at Bete Grise
should meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Bete Grise Preserve Parking Lot
on the Gay/Lac La Belle Road. Bring a bag lunch, gloves and a shovel. HKCD will
provide snacks and refreshments for the picnic at noon. On Wednesday, July
18, (note change of date)
the same event will be held at the Joseph and Mary Lizzadro Preserve. Meet at 10
a.m. at the Lizzadro Preserve on M-26 between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor.
Bring the same items mentioned above. For more information phone: 482-0214 or E-mail:
Free Agassiz boat rides during Strawberry Fest July 7
HOUGHTON -- The public will able to board Michigan Tech's research vessel, the Agassiz, for three free 45-minute scientific excursions on Saturday, July 7.
The rides will depart from the Chassell Marina in conjunction with the Chassell Strawberry Festival. The cruises begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
You can sign up at the Chassell public boat launch during the festival. If the
demand is sufficient, a fourth excursion will depart at 4 p.m. Up to 17 persons,
seven years of age or older, may participate on each excursion. Displays and educational materials will be available for public viewing onshore.
"The public will be able to learn how the Great Lakes are studied and what they can contribute to having a healthy
lake," said Joan Chadde, program coordinator. This event is coordinated by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education* with funding from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, the Remote Sensing Institute and the Wege Foundation.
For more information, email email@example.com
or call 487-3341. *Visit the Center's
Web site for photos and videos of the Agassiz.
Quilt Show to benefit Humane Society during Chassell Strawberry Festival
For the third year in a row, The Portage Quilters and the owners of The Portage Quilt House have organized a quilt show to benefit the animals cared for by the Copper Country Humane Society. The show will be open from
1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chassell. Over 100 items are expected to be on display, including exhibits of hand and machine quilting,
embroidery and other fabric creations. The church is air conditioned, and refreshments will be available. A $4 donation is requested for admission to the show. For an additional $1 you can purchase a ticket for a prize
drawing for a beautiful quilt made by Linda LaRoy. The 2005 and 2006 shows resulted in donations of nearly $5500 to benefit the animals.
on the Strawberry Festival visit their Web site.
Photo: "Amish Steps" quilt. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy Judy Stallings.
Reprinted with permission.)
Reading the Landscape 2007 field trips to explore Keweenaw "Shorelands"
LAKE -- The Gratiot Lake Conservancy will offer "Shorelands" as the theme of
this summer's Reading the Landscape of the Keweenaw art and natural history field trips for adults. The trips will take place on seven
Saturdays: June 30 through August 11. Beginning with an evening boat tour along the easternmost coast of the Keweenaw
with limnologist Judith Budd on June 30, the series will include two other sessions for
adults and families: Sand and Pebbles on July 28, near 7-Mile Point, and Lake's Edge, August 11, on Lake Superior and Gratiot Lake
shores. Adult trips (16 and older) are Coastal Geology, July 7 at Horseshoe
Harbor; Lake Effect, July 14 at Great Sand Bay; Bete Grise Beaches, July 21 at
Bete Grise; and Harbor Shores, Aug. 4 at Eagle Harbor. Visit the Gratiot Lake Conservancy Web site for details and the
2007 Reading the Landscape
Registration is required. Call 906-289-4514 for information.
Photo: Lake Superior shoreline at Bete Grise
South -- part of the Bete Grise Preserve. The July 21 Reading the Landscape
session will offer an Ojibwe perspective on historical and current uses of this
shoreline's natural resources. Click
on photo for larger version. (Keweenaw
Now file photo © Michele Anderson)
Fiddlers ReStrung to Perform June 26 at Finnish American Heritage Center
HANCOCK -– Fiddlers ReStrung, a group of talented high school-age musicians from Saline, Mich., will
present a bluegrass and American folk music concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the Finlandia
University Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). The 15 or so members of Fiddlers ReStrung play fiddle
and other instruments, sing and even do clogging. They have appeared throughout North America and have
performed with many internationally known musicians. They recently received several invitations to play in
Europe. Advance tickets, available at the Finnish American Heritage Center, are $10 for adults, $5 for
students (including Finlandia, MTU and Suzuki Association students). For more information visit FAHC at
435 Quincy St., Hancock, or call 906-487-7505.
Photo: Fiddlers ReStrung at Niagara Falls.
Visit their Web site at www.fiddlersrestrung.com. Videos of their performances can be found at
youtube.com. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo
courtesy Finlandia University)
Relay for Life to raise funds for American Cancer Society June 22-23
-- The 2007 Relay for Life, sponsored by The American Cancer Society, will take place from 1 p.m. Friday,
June 22, to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Houghton High School Track. Barb
Maronen, logistics coordinator for the Relay, said the participants hope to
reach at least the annual goal of $140,000 in funds for the American Cancer
Society. Last year they raised $144,000. "Last year we also surpassed the
$1 million mark for 11 years of doing relays," Maronen noted. Since the
theme this year is "Cancer Takes a Holiday," many of the teams have
selected a particular holiday for generating their events. Click here for the
2007 Relay schedule.
Photo: 2006 Relay for Life participants, from
left, Elizabeth Flynn, Diane Shoos and Vicki Bergvall walk together at the
Houghton High School Track. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2006
Chain Drive Festival offers mountain bike races June 16
-- The Portage Health System Keweenaw Chain Drive Festival will offer 16- and 32-mile mountain bike races on
Saturday, June 16, at the Maasto-Hiihto / Churning Rapids Trails in Hancock. Distance events will begin
with a 10 a.m. roll-out through downtown Houghton, starting at the Best Western-Franklin Square Inn.
The finish will be at the Portage Health System hospital parking lot in Hancock. Awards are at the finish
area at 2:30 p.m. This year the Junior Chain Drive -- timed races for youth ages 8-13 and above and
non-timed races for those age 7 and under -- will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, starting and ending at the
Portage Health campus, using a single-track trail in a wooded area east of the hospital.
See the locator maps. The Chain Drive promotes the
family sport of mountain biking and supports trail preservation efforts throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula. All funds
raised by the festival will go to trail improvement, access and acquisition projects in Houghton and
Keweenaw counties. Read details on the Chain Drive Web site.
See photos of the 2006 Chain Drive races on Brockit.com.
Photo: The 2006 Keweenaw Chain Drive distance
races get underway as bikers cross the Portage Lift Bridge from Houghton to
Hancock. Click on photo for larger version. (Keweenaw Now file photo © 2006 Michele Anderson)
Celebrate spring at Houghton's sixth Art and Music Festival June 9
-- Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Houghton Spring Art and Music
Festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on the waterfront at the
bottom of Huron Street in downtown Houghton. The festival, now in its sixth
year, provides an opportunity to hear live local music and shop at regional
artists' booths. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. with harp music by A Harpo, the New Zealand Jazz Apples at noon, Tatterdemalion at
1 p.m., Orphan’s Torch at 2 p.m., Fiddlehead at 3 p.m., Erin Smith at 4 p.m. and the Neverland Rancheros at
5 p.m. The art fair starts at 11 a.m. and will feature a variety of art and fine craft.
Many of the artists will be demonstrating. There is plenty of parking, and the event is free
and open to everyone. more
Photo: The New Zealand Jazz Apples, with Mike Irish, right,
on guitar, perform at the 2006 Art and Music Festival in Houghton.
Also pictured are, from left, Scott McIntosh (bass), Mark Lucier (drums)
and Jake Pearse (alto sax). The group will perform again at this year's
festival June 9, when Irish and Pearse will be joined by Aaron DeGabriele
(tenor sax), Jake Posega (bass) and Collin Osenroth (drums).
(Keweenaw Now file photo © 2006 Gustavo Bourdieu)
CCGAP to hold raffle, dance fund-raiser May 12
The Annual Raffle and Dance fund-raiser for the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project
(CCGAP) will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Forestry Building on
the Michigan Tech campus. The MOON DOGS will play a variety of music for
dancing! Raffle tickets will be sold at the door for $5 apiece. The grand prize is a soft,
hand-woven Guatemalan wool blanket; many other prizes will be offered. The event
will also include a silent auction of Guatemalan hand crafts: purses, mirrors, ponchos, rugs, wall hangings, etc.
Snack food will be available. Read about the recent water project in two
Guatemalan villages by MTU's Engineers Without Borders in the CCGAP
April 2007 Newsletter on their Web site.
young mother tries out the new hand pump on the new well, courtesy of Michigan
Tech's Engineers Without Borders, in the village of Nueva Libertad,
Guatemala. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 Sue Ellen Kingsley.
Reprinted with permission.)
Rhythm 203 to perform May 11 at Daily Grind café
Rhythm 203 -- Norm Kendall, Sue Ellen Kingsley and Phyllis Fredendall -- will be singing at noon on Friday, May 11, at the Daily Grind café in Hancock. Percussionist Randy Seppala
may join the group for Friday's songfest -- a variety of folk, country and blues favorites, including
Chuck Berry's "Memphis Tennessee" in three-part harmony. You're welcome to sing along between sips of your
coffee. The Daily Grind is located in Finlandia University's lower campus (location of the School of Art
and Design, the former Portage Hospital building) on Michigan Street in Hancock.
Rhythm 203, from left, Phyllis Fredendall, Norm Kendall and Sue Ellen Kingsley
perform during the Keweenaw Krayons fund-raiser held May 4 at the Americinn in
Calumet. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu.
Reprinted with permission.)
Guatemala accompanier to speak in Hancock May 10
The Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP) will sponsor a
presentation by Lindsey Engelman on Thursday, May 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock. Lindsey
recently returned to her home in Texas after serving seven months as an accompanier
for witnesses in a landmark trial bringing charges of genocide against Guatemalan ex-presidents. She will
show pictures and share her experiences with the public following a potluck meal at
5:30 p.m. Read a letter from Lindsey on page 3 of the CCGAP
April 2007 Newsletter on their Web site.
Photo: Lindsey Engelman and friends in Guatemala.
Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy Sue Ellen
Kingsley. Reprinted with permission.)
Vertin Gallery to host "Inside / Outside The Box" group exhibit
-- An exhibit titled "Inside / Outside The Box" by a group of artists
will be on display from May 4 to 25 at the Vertin Gallery in Calumet. An opening
reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in the
Gallery, located in the Historic Vertin Building at 220 Sixth Street in Calumet.
The juried exhibit features new work by several artists. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.
- 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Vertin
Gallery Web site and their sister site, the Vertin
Photo: One of three sculptures by
Calumet artist Gordon Borsvold for the Vertin Gallery's new exhibit, "Inside / Outside The Box."
Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy Ed Gray.
Reprinted with permission.)
Second Town Hall Forum on renewable energy to be Apr. 17
HANCOCK -- "Renewable Energy: Reducing Home Energy Costs, Part 2," a Town Hall Forum,
will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 17, at Lakeview Manor, 1401 W. Quincy St., Hancock. Plenty of parking across the street at the
Antila Funeral Home. The Forum follows up on the successful February forum where community members shared practical information based on personal experiences with renewable energy and reducing energy costs. During this forum, participants will break into working groups after presentations by Terry
Benda and Dave Bach on solar and wind power and on retrofitting older homes. Community members with homes powered with a wide range of alternative and sustainable energy sources will also be on hand to provide examples and experience.
Mike Schira of the Michigan State University Extension Service will be the moderator.
The Keweenaw Sustainability Project is sponsoring the forum, which is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Michael Moore at 370-0206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Alan Weisman to speak on Gaviotas, sustainable rain forest community, Apr. 12
HANCOCK, HOUGHTON -- Journalist Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the
World, will speak to student groups and give public presentations at both Finlandia University and Michigan Tech University on Thursday, April 12. Gaviotas, a village in Colombia, South America,
was named a model of sustainable development by the United Nations. Weisman will conduct a discussion about his book at 2 p.m. in the Finlandia Campus Ministry Center in the lower level of Finlandia’s Chapel of St. Matthew. There is no charge and all are welcome. At 7 p.m. Weisman will give a presentation in Room G002 of the Noblet Forestry Building on the Michigan Tech campus. This talk is also free and open to the public. During the day Weisman will meet with MTU students from various departments and will be interviewed for a new "Noticing Nature" sustainability radio show to be broadcast from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 15, on WMTU. Weisman's visit is sponsored by the Finlandia Campus Enrichment Committee and Michigan Technological University. For more information contact Angela Book at 906-487-7265.
Photo: Alan Weisman, author of Gaviotas: A
Village to Reinvent the World, will visit Finlandia and Michigan Tech on
Thursday, April 12. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © and courtesy
Alan Weisman and Michigan Tech University. Reprinted with permission.)
Valentino Achak Deng to speak at Rozsa Apr. 3
HOUGHTON -- Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of Dave Eggers’ What is the
What, will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 3, in the Rozsa
Center for the Performing Arts on the Michigan Tech University campus. Deng was a refugee from the Sudanese civil war of the 1980s and 90s. Separated from his family when Arab militia destroy his village, Deng becomes a "Lost Boy," beset by starvation, thirst and man-eating lions on a march to squalid refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya. He eventually reaches America, but finds his quest for safety, community and fulfillment in many ways even more difficult here than in the camps.
Photo: Valentino Achak Deng, real-life hero of Dave Eggers’
What is the What. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy The Valentino Achak Deng
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation
District Tree Sale deadline extended to
Apr. 2; letters of support needed
HOUGHTON -- April 2 is the extended deadline for ordering items from the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
(HKCD) Tree Sale, the District's major fundraiser. State budget cuts mean the Conservation District needs support in this annual fundraiser more than
ever. The District's budget was recently reduced by 50 percent for the remainder of 2007 and is in danger
of being cut 100 percent for 2008. To order items from the Tree Sale call Sue Haralson at 906-482-0214 or download the flyer and Order Form at
www.hkconserve.com. This year HKCD is offering several new items including Basswood, Paper Birch, three varieties of Lilacs and the Rugosa Rose, plus some larger sizes of trees and
shrubs. Orders can be picked up from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, or from 9 a.m. to Noon Saturday, May 5, at
the Houghton County Arena, 1500 Birch St., Hancock. During this time
surplus stock will also be sold. Residents can help HKCD by writing letters to
Governor Granholm and state officials. more
Photo: Bluebird House: a new item at the Houghton
Keweenaw Conservation District 2007 Tree Sale. (Photo courtesy HKCD)
Artists to present work on climate change project Mar. 27 at Community Arts Center
HANCOCK -- Local artists Jennifer Slack, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson, who participated in the Climate Change Art Exhibition, "Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the Lake Superior Region," will discuss their work and climate change issues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 27, at the Community Arts Center in Hancock. The presentation will be preceded by a potluck at 6 p.m. (RSVP for the potluck by 5 p.m. Tuesday at 482-2333.) The exhibition, which is currently travelling around Wisconsin and Michigan, will come to Calumet's Omphale Gallery in September.
It includes paintings, sculpture, poetry and music reflecting artists' perceptions of the science of climate change, its impacts on northern ecosystems and the actions that can be taken now to lessen those impacts. Visit the
Northwoods project Web site for more information.
Photo: "Moose Running," a painting by Joyce
Koskenmaki, is part of the Exhibition, "Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the Lake Superior
Region." Click on photo for larger version. (Photo of painting © 2007 Joyce Koskenmaki. Reprinted with permission.)
MSU Extension to hold Small Wind Seminars March 26, 27, 28
HOUGHTON -- Michigan State University Extension will sponsor three meetings on small wind energy in the Upper Peninsula and Northeast Lower Michigan Mar. 26, 27 and 28. The program will cover an overview of wind energy as it relates to homeowners and small businesses, including
farmers -- instead of large-scale, utility-type projects. Topics include introduction to small wind turbines, overview of sizes and types of turbines available, economics of small wind, interconnection to utility, net metering, system maintenance and USDA Farm Bill 9006 Energy Funding.
All programs are from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time in these locations: Monday, Mar. 26, MSU Extension Office of Delta County, Escanaba; Tuesday, Mar. 27, Noblet Forestry Building, Michigan Technological University, Houghton; Wednesday, Mar. 28, Presque Isle District Library, Rogers City.
Resource people include Dr. Lynn Hamilton, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, and Warren Schauer, MSU Extension Educator, Farm Management. The program costs $20 for
first person and $10 for each additional person from same family or business. Payment will be collected at the door. For more information contact Warren at 906-786-3032 or at
A Week-Long Revolution: Earth Week,
March 19-23, 2007
By Katie Schalk Posted
HOUGHTON -- Just when you thought winter would never end, spring is right around the corner and things are heating up
for Earth Week 2007. Michigan Tech's Students for Environmental Sustainability
are offering a variety of exciting activities the week of March 19
- 23, beginning with the documentary film Who Killed the Electric
Car? on Monday evening, with a discussion led by Kate Alvord, author of
Divorce Your Car. Other events include clothing reuse and
tie-dying; a panel discussion on sustainability research at MTU; a presentation
on Alan Weisman’s world and his inspiring book,
Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World; reports by Peace
Corps Volunteers; a workshop on toxin-free, healthy household cleaners; and
information on local recycling. more
New York African Dance, Drum Ensemble to perform at MTU's African Night
The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble from New York, sponsored by Michigan
Tech's African Student Organization (AS0), will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday,
March 3, in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the MTU campus. The performance will
follow a dinner of African cuisine, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union
Building (MUB) Commons. Tickets for the evening of dances, fashion, ethnic
cuisine and music are $10 for students and $12 for the community. Tickets will
be available at the door for those who have not purchased them in advance at the
Photo: MTU students Magali Koyo, left, of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Adaobi Nnorukah of Nigeria, perform an
African dance at the 2006 African Night celebration in the Michigan Tech MUB.
Click on photo for larger version. (Keweenaw Now file photo © 2006
Keweenaw Krayons Mardi Gras celebration draws large crowd
Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti was named "King" at the Third Annual
Keweenaw Krayons Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 20 at the Mohawk School. The "Queen" award went to Nancy
Fisher, owner of Yarns & Threads of Lake Linden, who teaches fiber arts classes for Keweenaw Krayons and offers much support to the non-profit organization and to other Keweenaw area activities.
Winner of the "Queen Mum" award was 90-year-old Melvi Grosnick of Traprock Valley. Melvi is also a key supporter, volunteer and participant at Keweenaw Krayons.
A large crowd of all ages, including several Keweenaw County Commissioners,
attended the community event, which included music, dancing, a Cajun dinner, a
silent auction, arts and crafts and a New Orleans "French Quarter"
café. Watch for more photos and learn more about Keweenaw Krayons on their
Photo: Don Keith, Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners chair, hands the crown to Mardi Gras "King,"
Sheriff Ron Lahti. Applauding in the background are, from left, Carol Rose, Keweenaw Krayons director of
the Teen Graphic Arts and Marketing Program, and Kathy McEvers, Keweenaw County's Kermit's Kids Program
director. Don and Kathy were last year's Mardi Gras royalty. Click on photo for larger version. (Photos
© 2007 Gustavo Bourdieu. Reprinted with permission.)
Library Media Event to include music, family fun Feb. 24
HOUGHTON -- Bring your family and friends to listen and dance to the music of six different musical groups at the Houghton Public Library's Media Event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the South Range Community Hall. The evening will include a potluck (beverages and table service provided), a silent auction, a kids' hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the Sugar Maple Folk
entertaining with French Canadian Music and Dance, games and activities, easy folk dances, singing,
piñatas and more. Other musical groups and performers include The Swedetown Irregulars, Crawfish Moyakka, Moon Dogs, Erin Smith and Lori Honrath. Juggler extraordinaire, Jason Cattelino, will perform throughout the evening. Proceeds from this event will purchase media related items for the library: music CDs, audio books for all ages, DVDs, etc. Proceeds from last year's event will purchase a listening station for kids.
Photo: "Je te plumerai le cou!"
-- At the French Canadian music event in Lake
Linden last December, Wellesley Pereira and his son Christian lead the chorus,
band members and audience in singing the French Canadian favorite, "Alouette."
Members of the group will again perform and teach songs and folk dances at the
Houghton Public Library Media Event Feb. 24. (Click on photo for larger
version.) (Photo © 2006 Michele Anderson)
Keweenaw Krayons to hold Third Annual Mardi Gras in Mohawk Feb. 20
MOHAWK -- The Mohawk School is a bustle of activity as Keweenaw Krayons enters the final stages of
preparation for the Third Annual Mardi Gras Celebration to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, February
20. The event, which will be held in the school gym and adjoining rooms, features a Cajun dinner, music, mask
making, an art sale and a silent auction. Tickets for the dinner are $8 if purchased in advance, $12 at
the door. Pre-schoolers are free, and family discounts are available. Rich Simpson is the head chef, assisted by Keweenaw Krayons volunteers, staff and youth. Horizons High
School Culinary Class will be making King Cakes and assisting with other preparations.
Music for the night will be provided by the Swedetown Irregulars, Crawfish
Moiakka, and Ariel Lake on the
Photo: Crawfish Moiakka, a local Cajun band, will be
among the musical groups performing at Keweenaw Krayons' Third
Annual Mardi Gras Celebration to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Feb. 20 at the Mohawk School. Pictured, from left, standing, are Audrey Viola,
bass and vocal; Oren Tikkanen, guitar, mandolin, flute; Kelly
Gary Aho, fiddle, guitar, vocal; and, front, Randy Seppala,
percussion. (Photo © 2007 Keweenaw Krayons. Reprinted with permission.)
Ski For Heart fundraiser to be held at Swedetown Trails Feb. 10
CALUMET -- The annual “Ski
for the Heart of Our Community” fundraiser, which includes cross country skiing
and snowshoeing, will be held at Calumet's Swedetown Ski Trails on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. The money
raised will benefit two local non-profits, Omega House and, new this year, the Copper Island Cross Country
Ski Club. The ski club is raising money to make a 25% match for a state grant which will allow them to keep some portions of the already established Bearchase Trail and to expand
their trails as well. Omega House funds will continue to provide much needed hospice care to local
residents at the Upper Peninsula’s only hospice home, located in Houghton. “We have tons of food and
drinks for participants, along with t-shirts and door prizes," said Lois Berg, one of the event
organizers. "On top of all that, there is great skiing or snowshoeing on the Swedetown Trails."
Participants of all ages can cross country ski or snowshoe individually or join a team. Donations are
collected in advance and turned in during registration the day of the event. For more information and
registration materials call Omega House at 906-482-4438 or ask at the Swedetown Chalet, open from 12 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Photo: Members of the Planning Committee for the
"Ski for the Heart of Our Community" fundraiser, to be held at
Swedetown Trails Feb. 10, are pictured here, from left, front row, Crystal
Holzberger, Colleen Rowe, Diane Tiberg, Joni Moore, and, back row, Lois Berg,
Ken Pepin, Ross Cooney, Ed Kraai and Mark Jindrich. Click on photo for larger
version. (Photo courtesy Omega House).
National Parks to sponsor Children's Ethnic Recipe Contest for traveling exhibit
CALUMET -- A Children's Ethnic Recipe Contest has kicked off as part of an upcoming
Smithsonian traveling exhibit called "Key Ingredients - America By Food" to be featured at the Keweenaw Heritage Center
(formerly St. Anne's Church) in Calumet this summer. The Isle Royale Natural History Association and Keweenaw National Historical Park,
sponsors of the project, are encouraging all area youth to research their family history and submit a food recipe from their ethnic background. Anita Campbell, of Calumet,
a board member of the Isle Royale Natural History Association, is coordinating the project.
The deadline for submitting recipes is Feb. 1, 2007. more
Photo: Anita Campbell, right, coordinator of the Children's Ethnic Recipe Contest, marches with young recipe contestants in the Heikinpäivä Parade
on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, in Hancock. (Photo © 2007 Michele Anderson)
Public reception for retiring Keweenaw National Historical Park
-- A public reception for Frank Fiala, past superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park
(KNHP) will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Calumet Theatre Ballroom. The open house reception is being hosted by the
KNHP Advisory Commission to celebrate Fiala’s 32 years of service in the
federal government. Fiala, who has been at the helm of KNHP since 1997, was the park’s second
manager and provided much foundational work for the developing national park. Representatives from the park’s Congressional delegation plan on attending to pay tribute to Fiala’s tireless enthusiasm for the park and the historical resources of the Copper Country. All are welcome to join the delegation,
the park staff and the Advisory Commission for cake and refreshments during the celebratory send-off. For more information, contact Advisory Commission Chair Kim Hoagland at 487-2113 or Commissioner Sue Dana at 337-1713.
TalviTohinat Ski Race To Feature Skijoring Jan. 20
-- The Keweenaw Land Trust’s (KLT) second annual
TalviTohinat Nordic ski race, TalviTohinat, Finnish for a "Winter
Scramble," will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Michigan Tech Nordic Ski
Trails. TalviTohinat is a community fitness event open to all: 10 and 5 km cross-country ski races, a 2.5 km youth
race and -- new this year -- the only organized skijoring race in the Keweenaw. Skijoring is a unique event in which one or more dogs pull each
This event, part of the Heikinpäivä Mid-Winter Festival, is a fundraiser for the Keweenaw Land
Trust, a non-profit organization founded by local citizens to protect our natural heritage and quality of life through land conservation,
stewardship and education. more
Afton Sather-Knutsen and his dog, Lua, train at the MTU Nordic Ski Trails for the
TalviTohinat skijoring race to be held Saturday, Jan. 20, on the MTU Trails. (Photo © 2007 Erik
Lilleskov. Reprinted with permission.)
Finlandia to exhibit art of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finland’s National Artist (1865-1931)
In coordination with the City of Hancock’s annual Heikinpäivä Celebration,
the Finlandia University Gallery in the Finnish American Heritage Center will host an exhibit of prints and paintings by Finland ’s national artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931)
Jan. 19 through Feb. 16, 2007. An opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the gallery Friday,
Jan. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Akseli Gallen-Kallela, widely known as the most prominent figure in turn of the 20th century pictorial art of Finland, lived in the United States from October 1924 until May 1926.
In 1924, he visited Suomi College to work with students and hold a public exhibit and sale of his artwork.
During that exhibition, Gallen-Kallela displayed, among other work, a print of the front- page illustration for his planned,
but unfinished, book, Great Kalevala, which would have illustrated the complete
Kalevala (Finnish epic). At the conclusion of the 1924 exhibit, Gallen-Kallela presented the illustration, along with 38 additional heliogravure prints, to Suomi College. These 39 prints, and two oil paintings from the collections of Finlandia University and Michigan Technological University, comprise the current exhibit.
Photo: Self Portrait by Akseli Gallen-Kallela,
Finland's National Artist. Click on image for larger version. (Photo courtesy
Finlandia University. Reprinted with permission.)
Keweenaw County Planning Commission to hear zoning change requests and public input Jan. 16
EAGLE RIVER -- Requests for zoning changes will be the subject of a public hearing to be held by the Keweenaw County Planning Commission at
6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in the Mohawk School Gym in Mohawk. The purpose of the hearing, according to Jon Soper, Planning Commission
chairman, is to take public comment on some proposed changes to the County Zoning
Map. One parcel on the list of zoning change requests may evoke some discussion, since it involves potential expansion of the Mt. Bohemia Ski Resort, possibly to include
yurts, which would be used for lodging accommodations. Discussion of yurts at
the Dec. 14, 2006, Planning Commission meeting led to a final definition of
yurts in the new proposed ordinance. Also at that meeting the Planning
Commission officially recommended that the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners repeal the existing
1975 County Zoning Ordinance and adopt the proposed ordinance. more
Photo: Lonie Glieberman, right, president of Black Bear,
Inc., presents documents including drawings of potential yurt
construction with buffers for the Mt. Bohemia Ski Resort to Keweenaw
County Planning Commissioners at their Dec. 14, 2006, meeting
in the Courthouse in Eagle River. (Photo ©
2006 Michele Anderson)
MTU holds march, banquet, student events to honor Martin Luther King
HOUGHTON -- Michigan Technological University will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong series of events capped with a banquet featuring soul food, gospel music and
jazz. No classes will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Day. The Black Student Association
and the Society for African American Men will present King's "I Have a Dream" speech at
noon on Tuesday,
Jan. 16, in front of the Memorial Union Building, followed by a march to the Rozsa Center with a
candlelight vigil. At 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Betty Chavis, director of Outreach and
will recall her experiences meeting King during the civil rights movement; and others will discuss his
legacy and the effect he has had on their lives. This and other events will be held in MTU's Memorial
Union Ballroom B. The banquet will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. For
more information, contact Chavis at 487-2920 or email@example.com. See details on the
Opportunity (sponsor's) Web site.
Photo: Betty Chavis, director of MTU's Outreach and
Multi-Ethnic Programs, directs traffic at the beginning of the 2006 Parade of
Nations from Hancock to Houghton last September. On Tuesday, Jan. 16, Chavis
will speak at MTU about her own experiences meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. Click on photo for larger
version. (Photo © 2006 Keweenaw Now)
Lake Linden to present French
Canadian music, dance Dec. 9
HOUGHTON -- Enjoy an afternoon of French-Canadian music and dance from 2 p.m. to
4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the American Legion Lakes Lounge, Calumet and 4th
streets in Lake Linden. The program will include traditional folk songs and
holiday songs in both French and English, with plenty of opportunities to sing
along. Live music will provide French Canadian fiddle tunes for listening and
dancing and will accompany lessons in folk dancing and a lesson in the rhythmic foot tapping often heard in French Canadian dance music.
This event is part of the Village of Lake Linden's French Canadian Christmas celebration. Admission is free.
Other family events include a luncheon and bazaar, an art sale, arts and crafts
for children, pork pie tasting and sale and horse and wagon rides. At 7 p.m. the
Prairie Folklore Theatre will present "Canoe Song: A Voyager's Tale,"
at the Lake Linden United Methodist Church. more
Photo: Local folk dancers lead audience
participants in a French Canadian dance during the August 31, 2006, French
Canadian music event at the Chassell Heritage Center. (Photo © 2006 Michele
Guatemalan survivor to speak at Finnish American Heritage Center Nov. 7
HANCOCK -- Edwin Canil Vicente of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) will
discuss efforts to hold Guatemala’s former military officials accountable for genocide and
crimes against humanity in a public presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the
Finnish-American Heritage Center in Hancock. A K’iche’ Maya, Canil Vicente is the sole
survivor of the 1982 massacre in his community of Santa María Tzejá, Ixcán, Quiché. As a
six-year-old, he managed to hide among the trees as the army killed his mother, grandmother,
three sisters, a brother and cousins. He fled with his remaining relatives to Mexico, where
they lived in refugee camps for 12 years. Now a law student, Canil Vicente has joined with
other massacre survivors, and Spanish courts, to bring those responsible for the
massacres to justice. Guatemalan textiles and
calendars will be for sale at the event, which is free and open to the public. The Copper
Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP) and the Finlandia University Campus
Enrichment Fund are sponsoring this lecture. For more information, call 487-7515
FOLK to sponsor update on sulfide mining issue at meeting Oct. 24
-- Cynthia Pryor, executive director, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Inc., will give an update presentation on the Sulfide Mining Issue at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Senior Center in Baraga, following the General Membership Meeting of FOLK (Friends of the Land of
Keweenaw), which will begin at 6 p.m. Directions: Going South from Houghton on US-41, turn right (West) onto M-38 at the light in Baraga. Then turn right on the first street across the railroad tracks, about a half block, onto Main Street. Go about a half mile, and the Ojibwa Senior Citizen Center is on the left at the big BINGO sign. The meeting is free and open to the public; snacks and coffee will be served.
Gundlach Shelter to hold Candlelight Ceremony for Survivors of Domestic Violence Oct. 16
CALUMET -- The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter will sponsor a Candlelight Ceremony for
Survivors of Domestic Violence at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at St. Albert the Great
Catholic Church, 411 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. The public is invited to show support in
mourning victims, celebrating survivors and reaffirming the struggle for a non-violent
future. October is domestic violence awareness month. Listen to music, speakers and poetry.
Bring a candle or flashlight to join a walk after the ceremony.
Photo: Alexandra Matiella Novak shares her
experiences during the July 2006 Walk Against Violence, sponsored by both the
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home and the Copper Country Humane Society. Over
95 people and 38 dogs marched through Houghton at the event to show support for
victims of family violence, including pets. Novak will also speak at the Oct. 16
Candlelight Ceremony. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2006 Michele
MTU students invite all to "Tour of Latin America"
and dance events through Oct. 21
Posted 10/10/2006 Updated 10/11/2006
HOUGHTON -- Michigan Tech’s Nosotros / Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is
celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with events through Saturday, Oct. 21. A "Tour of Latin America," free and open to all, is underway from Noon to
1 p.m. in the Red Metal Room 105 of the Memorial Union Building, including presentations on
GUATEMALA, Land of Mountains, and PARAGUAY, Medicinal Secrets of Mate Tea on Tuesday, Oct.
10; ARGENTINA, Gauchos, Tango and More, and COLOMBIA, Emerald Paradise, on Wednesday, Oct.
11; MEXICO, Cradle of the Aztec Empire and Folklorist Dress and Dance Demonstrations on
Thursday, Oct. 12. Free salsa classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
Oct. 16-19, in the Memorial Union Commons. Free professional dance workshops are set for
Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, followed by a dance with live music from 9 p.m. to 1
a.m. Saturday evening, Oct. 21, in the Memorial Union Ballroom 1. See the Nosotros Web site
Photo: MTU student Idaliza Gomez of the Dominican Republic gives a presentation on her country Oct. 9, 2006, during the "Tour of Latin
America," a week of celebration dedicated to understanding Hispanic
cultures. Students present their countries in a variety of ways, from Power
Point presentations to dances, music and food. Click on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2006 and courtesy Idaliza Gomez.)
MTU Sustainable Futures Institute to
host poster exhibit, banquet Sept. 20
Campus Sustainability Week at Michigan Tech University gets underway on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 20 and
21, as the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) hosts the annual meeting of its advisory
board. The Annual Sustainability Poster Session will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30
p.m on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Rozsa Lobby. This will be followed by the annual SFI reception and banquet.
The Campus Sustainability Week continues on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 25 and 26,
with talks by David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. more
Photo: John Sutherland, right, SFI co-director, and Neil
Hutzler, chair of the MTU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, admire posters at the 2005 SFI poster session. (Photo © 2005 Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute.)
Parade of Nations to feature Cass Tech Marching Band, international entertainment Sept.
Michigan Tech will feature several events in conjunction with the annual Parade of Nations,
to be held Saturday, Sept. 16. Detroit's Cass Tech Marching Band, ranked third in the
nation, will return to Houghton Friday, Sept. 15. In addition to marching in Saturday's
parade, they will hold a workshop for local high school bands from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
on Friday, Sept. 15, at Sherman Field. All are welcome to watch. On Saturday, participants representing
as many as 90 countries will line up at 10:30 a.m. in front of Hancock Middle School for the
parade, which features floats, bands and local 4-H groups helping to carry countries’ signs
and flags. From 11 a.m. to noon, the parade will proceed from Hancock across the bridge to
the Dee Stadium, where the public is invited to browse foods and crafts from China, Iran, India, Malaysia, Guatemala, Finland, Pakistan, the United States and more.
include international bands, songs, dances, and a fashion show. On Sunday, Sept.
17, at 7 p.m., visiting musical group Los Inkas will present "The Power of the Andes," indigenous music
from southern Ecuador, in MTU's McArdle Theater. Tickets, $5 per person, will
be available at the door or during the Parade of Nations.
Photo: Cass Tech Marching Band crosses Portage
Lift Bridge from Hancock to Houghton during Sept. 2005 Parade of Nations. Click
on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
French Canadian music, dance program to be Aug. 31 in Chassell
An evening of French-Canadian music and dance will be presented at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
Aug. 31, at the Chassell Heritage Center, 2nd Street in Chassell. The program,
free and open to the public, will include folk songs, fiddle tunes, a lesson in French Canadian folk
dancing by Deb McDowell and Kateryna Lapina and a demonstration of French
Canadian foot tapping by Québec native Helen Fortin Valentyik. Song leaders and vocal soloists include Dave Bezotte, Evan Dixon, Marcia Goodrich, Gwen Hooper, Barbara Lide, Barry Pegg, Wellesley Pereira, Leroy Steinbacher, Helen Fortin
Valentyik, Jan Wieber and Mary Younk. Additional singers will help the audience sing along;
and several singers will also join Adam Durant, Floyd Henderson, Deb McDowell, David Owens, Kelly Suvanto, Oren
Tikkanen and Patrick Younk to treat you to the sounds of button and piano accordion, fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and spoons.
For more information, contact Dave Bezotte at 482-4956 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 31 will be the last day of the museum’s summer season, so come early
(doors open at 4 p.m.) and enjoy the exhibits before the program. Photo:
Dave Bezotte, organizer of the Aug. 31 French Canadian music program, plays a
tune from Québec during the Dec. 3, 2005, French Canadian Christmas
music event in Lake Linden. (File photo © 2005 Michele Anderson) Click
here or on photo for more photos of the December event.
Artist Dolly Luoma
to exhibit baskets at Eagle Harbor Art Fair Aug. 12-13
Artist Dolly Luoma of Laurium makes baskets that are functional, arty, decorative, expressive; she makes great ones, small ones, lean ones, brawny ones, brown ones, black ones, gray ones, tawny ones: all kinds of
baskets. Selected as this year's Featured Artist by the Copper Country Associated Artists
(CCAA), Dolly Luoma will show her art on Saturday and Sunday, August 12
-13, at the the 46th Annual Fine Art Fair and Exhibit in Eagle Harbor, an open-air fair of fine art and fine craft from more than 55
Michigan artists. Several local organizations will be offering food and beverage services, a bake
sale and an all-township yard sale. All of the Keweenaw County Historical sites will be
open. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A handicap accessible restroom is available.
Photo: Artist Dolly Luoma starts a new basket in her studio in
Laurium. Luoma will be the Featured Artist at the Copper Country Associated Artists
(CCAA) 46th Annual Fine Art Fair and Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday, August
12-13, in Eagle Harbor,
Mich. (Photo © 2006 J. Luoma, M.D. Reprinted with permission.)
Art" by Paula McCambridge at Omphale Gallery through Sept. 4
"Social Art," a cooperative art project by Hancock artist Paula McCambridge, is on exhibit through September 4, 2006, at the Omphale Gallery in Calumet.
A reception for the artist will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday,
Aug. 11. The exhibit, which concerns freedom of expression, includes contributions from people all over the United
States to whom McCambridge sent postcards bearing her drawing of a
"blind" man and a quote from Noam Chomsky: "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for those we despise then we don't believe in it at
This drawing by Paula McCambridge was reproduced as a postcard with a quote from
Noam Chomsky and sent to people at random in all 50 United States. McCambridge
is exhibiting their responses, including one from Chomsky, at the Omphale
Gallery through Sept. 4. (Image © 2006 and courtesy Paula McCambridge. Reprinted with permission.)
Community prepares for 2006 Relay for Life June 23-24
By Wade Wainio Posted
HOUGHTON -- The Copper Country's eleventh annual Relay For Life, a 24-hour
fundraiser for the American
Cancer Society, will take place from 1 p.m. on Friday, June 23, to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June
24, at the Houghton High School track on Gundlach Road. According to Kathy
Archambeau, event manager, the Relay For Life is
"the signature event for the American Cancer Society" in its
fundraising for research, education and advocacy programs. The Relay For Life is a community event. The public is invited to join the teams in
walking and to enjoy the activities. This year's theme is "Copper
Country Goes Hollywood: Relay With The Stars." Read
more and see the Schedule of Events.
Photo: Houghton residents Diane Shoos and her
daughter Anna decorate Luminaria to honor family members (cancer victims and
survivors) for the 2006 Copper Country Relay for Life to be held Friday and
Saturday, June 23-24, at the Houghton High School track. (Photo © 2006 Michele
TNC to dedicate Nicole Bloom Trail to Lookout Mountain June 18
The Nature's Conservancy (TNC) will dedicate the Nicole Bloom Trail up to Lookout
Mountain (Mt. Baldy) near Eagle Harbor at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 18. Since M-26 is currently closed at Eagle
River, go past Phoenix and take the first paved road on the left (3-4 mi.),
the Eagle Harbor cutoff road. Just before reaching Eagle Harbor turn right on a two-track
road located just across from the west end of Eliza Creek Rd. There is a Nature Conservancy sign at the entrance to this
road and an area to park just before the sandy hill. Meet in the parking area.
For a map visit the Northwoods
Wilderness Recovery Web site.
Editor's Note: Nicole Bloom of Stevensville, Mich., a Michigan Tech
graduate in Environmental Engineering and Biological Sciences, lost her life in a tragic accident
while climbing in the Grand Tetons, near Jackson, Wyoming in June 2003. Read
the tribute to Nicole by her friends.
Memorial service to be held for Janet Avery June 11
HOUGHTON -- A memorial service for Janet Morrow Avery of Gratiot Lake,
Keweenaw County, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the Memorial Union Ballroom on the Michigan
Tech campus. Janet taught composition and technical writing in the
Department of Humanities at MTU from 1981 to 1991. She was also the founder and president of AWAKE (Association Working Against
Keweenaw Exploitation). Janet passed away March 4, 2006. The Reverend Dr. Bill Kennedy will speak,
and all friends of Janet and her family are welcome to join in the celebration of her life
and spirit. Read Janet Avery's
Community Arts Center to exhibit "Coppertown," photo documentary
of Calumet by Eric Munch
-- "Coppertown," a photo documentary of Calumet by Eric Munch, will be
on exhibit from Apr. 4 through Apr. 29 in the Kerredge Gallery of the Community
Arts Center, 126 Quincy Street in Hancock Eric’s photos of Calumet,
spanning 30 years, are playful and poignant as well as haunting. The public is invited to an opening reception
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 6. This exhibit is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and members of the Copper Country Community Arts Council.
For more information call (906) 482-2333.
Photo: "St. Mary's Osceola Mine Church Number 13" by Eric Munch.
This photo was taken from a vantage point to make the church and the mine appear to be one building.
Click here or on photo for larger
version. (Photo © 1984 Eric Munch. All Rights Reserved.)
Forum on new mining legislation rules to be held Dec. 6 at MTU
-- The public is invited to learn about proposed rules to implement Michigan's new non-ferrous mining law at a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Fisher 135 on the Michigan Tech Campus. Panelists will discuss both the general regulatory framework and the arguments for and against the Kennecott Minerals Company's Eagle Project, the controversial proposed nickel-copper sulfide mine in Marquette County. The forum provides and opportunity to become informed about the issues and to become involved in the rulemaking process that will regulate mining projects in the future.
Ted Bornhorst, left, Michigan Tech professor of economic and engineering geology,
chats with Jon Cherry, Manager of Environment and Governmental Affairs for Kennecott Minerals
Company, after Cherry's presentation at MTU in September. Cherry and Bornhorst
will participate in the Dec. 6 forum at MTU. (Photo ©
2005 Michele Anderson)
Bete Grise Preserve to be dedicated at July 9 Celebration
HOUGHTON -- The Dedication of the Bete Grise Preserve, open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 9, 2005, on the Gay Lac La Belle Road between Point Isabelle and Lac La Belle. The Preserve includes 1,104 acres of pristine dune-swale wetlands and 7,500 feet of Lake Superior shoreline, which will be permanently preserved and open to the public for noninvasive recreation, research and education. The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation
District and their Partners -- The Nature Conservancy, Keweenaw Land Trust, South Shore Association, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many concerned individuals -- made possible the purchase of this area from International Paper/Lake Superior Land Co.
Photo: This aerial photo shows the wetlands and beach at
Bete Grise South in relation to the Gay-Lac La Belle Road. Lac La Belle
and some Lac La Belle sloughs are in the background. (Photo © 2003 Michael Jordan. Reprinted with permission.)
Memorial service for Jim Rooks to be held June 13 in Copper Harbor
HARBOR -- A memorial service for Jim Rooks will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday,
June 13, 2005, at Our Lady of the Pines Chapel in Copper Harbor. Following the
service, Jim's friends will gather at the Community Center for his favorite
Turkey Potluck and share their special memories of "ROOKS." Jim Rooks -- naturalist, nature guide and educator -- passed away March 10, 2005, at Zablocki Veterans Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee.
Read our Keweenaw Now tribute, Keweenaw loss: Jim Rooks of Copper Harbor,
1935 - 2005.
Photo: Jim Rooks and one of the tall
Estivant Pines he helped preserve. (Photo © 2004 and courtesy Jim
Business owners invited to meeting on proposed Wal-Mart supercenter
HOUGHTON -- Copper Country business owners and residents concerned about the health and diversity of the area's business community are invited to a meeting from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, at the Holiday Inn Express in Houghton. Wal-Mart plans to build a supercenter in this area (either an expansion of their present store in Houghton -- to nearly double its size -- or a new store in a neighboring township). This meeting will allow the business community to share concerns about
a supercenter's potential impact. Other Wal-Mart supercenters bring to the local market such items as inexpensive groceries, flowers, hardware, in-store banks, hair salons, jewelry, wedding supplies, photo development and automotive and other services.
Photo: At the July 8 Department of Environmental
Quality public hearing in Houghton, Ray Frankenberg, representing Wal-Mart, explains plans to expand the Houghton Wal-Mart store.
The hearing concerned wetlands to be impacted by the proposed project. (Photo by Michele Anderson)
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