May 2005 News
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May 2005 News
Keweenaw County Zoning Ordinance update progresses
EAGLE RIVER -- The Keweenaw County Planning/Zoning (P/Z) Commission has been making progress with their update of the County's 1975 Zoning Ordinance, thanks to the expertise of Mark Wyckoff of Planning and Zoning Center, Inc., Lansing, whose assistance is funded by a grant from the Coastal Zone Management Program of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In recent work sessions with the P/Z Commission, Wyckoff offered advice on uses and
on the zoning districts in which the uses would be appropriate. He also advised the commissioners to inform county and township officials, and the public, of their progress. The P/Z Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 31, following a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on a request for a special use in a Resort Residential (RR) district.
Photo: During the Keweenaw County Planning/Zoning Commission's May 11 work session with Mark Wyckoff, right, Grant Township residents Anita and Paul
Campbell, standing left, and Commission Vice-Chair Janet Shea discuss zoning districts on the Keweenaw County Zoning Map. The meeting was held in the Houghton Township Hall in Eagle River.
(Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
Women's Water Walk around Lake Huron heads for Mackinac Bridge
CHEBOYGAN, MICH. -- Despite rainy weather, the Women's Water Walk around Lake Huron is expected to reach the Mackinac Bridge at about 5:30 a.m. on Monday, May 23. "It started in Sault
Ste. Marie, Ont., on Apr. 30, and we're actually about five days ahead of schedule," said Pauline Spruce, the only participant from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC). The group includes about 25 men and women from Michigan's Grand Traverse Band and Saginaw Chippewa Band of Mt. Pleasant, as well as representatives from First Nation reservations bordering Lake Huron in Canada. Walkers take turns carrying a symbolic copper
water vessel to call attention to the need to clean up the pollution in the Great Lakes. This is the group's third walk, following their walk around Lake Superior in 2003 and Lake Michigan in 2004. Photos will soon be published on
their Web site.
Photo: During the May 2003 Women's Water Walk
around Lake Superior, walkers near
Beaver Bay, Minn., carry a copper pail of lake water to call attention to
pollution of the Great Lakes. This year the group is walking around Lake Huron.
(2003 Keweenaw Now file photo. Photographer unidentified. Reprinted with permission.)
Hancock Council approves speed bumps in subdivision
HANCOCK -- Responding to a petition from about 20 residents, the Hancock
City Council approved a resolution to place speed bumps on Crestwood
Drive in the Sylvan Estates subdivision of west Hancock. Residents had addressed the Council during recent meetings, explaining the danger --
especially to small children in the neighborhood -- from cars often exceeding the
speed limit. Expressing some reservations about speed
bumps, Hancock Police Chief Mike Beaudoin noted they must be accompanied by
signs warning motorists to slow down below the 25 m.p.h. residential speed
limit. Other communities, including Houghton, Mich., and Portland, Ore., find
that speed bumps require emergency vehicles to seek alternate routes to avoid
the bumps that slow them down in rescue operations. more
Photo: Warning signs at entrance to Hancock Campground warn motorists of speed bump
and children in the area. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
Bill Sewell named
National Hospice Volunteer of 2005
National recognition has been given to William Sewell, longtime hospice volunteer and Professor Emeritus from Michigan Technological University (MTU), by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) with the award of "Patient and Family Volunteer of the
Year." During April ceremonies in Atlanta, Ga., Bill received this award for his years of dedicated service to the terminally ill and their loved ones.
Bill has been a hospice volunteer for Keweenaw Home Nursing and Hospice and is on the board of directors for Portage Lake Hospice,
the oldest volunteer hospice organization in Michigan. He is a founding member of, and also serves on, the board of the Omega House Community Hospice Project.
Photo: J. Donald Schumacher (left), President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, congratulates
Dr. Bill Sewell for his "Patient and Family Volunteer of the Year" award on Apr. 23 in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo © 2005 Omega House)
Local residents, community leaders discuss design for better development
HOUGHTON -- The first of two "Better Development by Design" workshops attracted about 60 residents, local government officials and planners, who discussed citizen concerns about preserving what is attractive about the local area while developing communities economically.
At the May 10 workshop, held in the Ballroom of Michigan Tech's Memorial Union Building,
issues ranged from downtown revitalization to the M-26 corridor
development to village zoning and recreation planning. The second workshop, free
and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May
17, in the same location. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. more
Photo: During the small group discussion at the May 10
design workshop at Michigan Tech, Mary Sue Hyslop (standing), Keweenaw Community Foundation
(KCF) executive director, encourages Hancock residents to attend the second "Better Development by Design" workshop to be held on Tuesday, May
17. KCF is one of 18 sponsors of the workshops. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
Update newsletter discusses proposed metallic sulfide mining in the Upper Peninsula
MARQUETTE -- The Northwoods Wilderness Recovery's special May
2005 issue of its newsletter, Wildlands Update, gives an overview
of the proposed metallic sulfide mining projects in Marquette and Menominee
counties and notes current mineral exploration for the future in Marquette, Baraga and Houghton counties. The newsletter also includes
information on the recent Non-ferrous Mining and Reclamation Act of Michigan,
which amends the 1994 Natural Resources Protection Act (PA 451). Several
articles explain the risk for watersheds, fish and wild areas and opposition
from citizen groups, including Native American Tribal resolutions against the
proposed mining. Read
(If needed, Adobe
Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free to read the pdf file.) See also
four letters to the editor on the Eagle Project for sulfide mining, published in
the May 2005 issue of Marquette
Monthly. The letters include one from Students Against Sulfide
Mining and one from local church leaders.
Hancock residents concerned about walkability
HANCOCK -- Local residents would like to see better pedestrian access to the Portage Lift Bridge, concerned citizens told Hancock City Council members at their recent meeting. Hancock residents Merle Kindred and Allyson Jabusch noted the difficulty of accessing the bridge on foot from the Ramada Inn in Hancock. Councilwoman Mary Tuisku suggested Michigan Tech civil engineering students might study the issue and help the city come up with a comprehensive plan for the bridge entrance to Hancock, focusing on pedestrian safety and
Photo: Concerned residents say this steep path up
the embankment near the Portage Lift Bridge in Hancock is
presently the only pedestrian access from below the bridge. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
Calumet's Historic Vertin Building exhibits local art
Posted 05/03/2005 Updated 05/24/05
-- Calumet's Historic Vertin Building, formerly a department store dating back
to the copper boom era, recently celebrated its 120th birthday. On Friday, Apr.
29, the Vertin Gallery held a reception for local artist Phyllis Fredendall,
instructor for the Finlandia University International School of Art and Design,
and her students -- creators of an art installation titled "Stories and
Place, a Celebration." At an Open House on Apr. 30 and May 1, the Gallery
welcomed the public to view the work of several local artists, photographers
and writers, some of whom now have studios in the building. See a new page of
photos showing construction of the Finlandia art installation. more
Photo: Large windows of the Historic Vertin
Building, at the corner of Sixth and Oak streets in Calumet, display works of
several local artists, some of whom have their studios in the building, which
dates back to 1885. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
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