July 2005 News
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Ceremony marks Bete Grise preservation
By Michelle Manarolla, Posted 07/19/2005
BETE GRISE --
Community members, conservation leaders and local, state and tribal officials gathered on July 9, 2005, to celebrate the dedication of the Bete Grise Preserve -- the 1,104-acre dune-swale wetlands area located on the
Keweenaw's south shore of Lake Superior, near Lac La Belle. The land, considered the single most important coastal marsh wetland community in the upper Great Lakes region, was recently purchased by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) from owner International Paper/Lake Superior Land Co. through state and federal grants, fundraising and private donations. It will be open to the public for non-invasive recreation.
Maasto-Churning Rapids, MTU Trails welcome Chain Drive mountain bikers
Posted 06/25/2005 Updated 06/28/05
HANCOCK -- The Keweenaw Chain Drive mountain bike races attracted about 236
racers for the June 18 distance events: 16- and 32-mile races on the Maasto
Hiihto-Churning Rapids trails in Hancock. On Father's Day, June 19, the Michigan Tech Trails
were the scene of the challenging Technical Time Trial and the Junior Chain Drive for kids
ages 13 and under. Many volunteers contributed their time for trail maintenance
and preparation, monitoring and providing aid stations for the riders. Three
guest photographers offer Keweenaw Now readers their great views of the
two-day event, recorded in our three-page photo essay. more
Photo: Heather Wright, 22, of Houghton breezes along to a second place in her age
group and second overall for the 16-mile race. Her time was 1:21:04 for the
race. In the Time Trial, Heather was first in her age group with 0:11:17. (Photo © 2005
Adam Johnson. Reprinted with permission.)
Chain Drive bike races begin
Posted 06/18/2005 Updated 06/19/2005
Greeted by sunny skies and great weather, the Keweenaw Chain Drive races are
underway! Saturday's races began at 10 a.m. June 18 at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn in
Houghton. Racers headed across the Portage Lift Bridge to the Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock.
Sunday's Technical Time Trials begin at 10 a.m., and the Junior Chain Drive at
1:30 p.m., both at the Michigan Tech Trails. Results of the 16- and 32-mile
races are now posted on Keweenaw Trails.
Watch for photos by Adam Johnson, coming soon! For this weekend's Bridge Fest
events see Keweenaw
Photo: Nikita Velat, 7, of Chassell, one of the youngest Chain Drive racers,
followed by Randy Beach of Neenah, Wis. (bib # 353), crosses the Portage Lift Bridge from Houghton to Hancock at the start of the
June 18, 2005, Keweenaw Chain Drive mountain bike races. Click
here or on photo for larger version. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson) More photos coming soon.
photos of the 2004 Chain Drive races.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge project awaits funding
-- Keweenaw County still awaits federal grant monies for expanding and renovating the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge near Copper Harbor to include a community/conference center. If funded, the project
would eventually allow the Lodge to winterize for silent sports tourism. In a presentation titled "Using Grant Programs to Foster Economic Development in Keweenaw County," Joel
Tuoriniemi, Keweenaw County Road commissioner and faculty member in the Michigan Tech University School of Business and Economics, gave an overview of the proposed expansion project during the May 17 "Better Development by Design"
workshop at MTU. more
Photo: If funding is awarded, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge near Copper Harbor, owned
by Keweenaw County and administered by the Keweenaw County Road Commission, may
be expanded and renovated for a community/conference center and winterized for
silent sports. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
Local artists, musicians, runners celebrate spring
Visitors to Houghton's Fourth Annual Art and Music Festival enjoyed sunny spring weather on Saturday, May 28.
Mattila Square and the waterfront area near the UPPCO building were again
transformed into a scene of music, merriment and community celebration. Artists' booths offered a variety of creations while
Striding for Strings competitive running races for all ages -- plus
walk/run -- raised money for
the Copper Country Suzuki Association. Local musicians and Scottish dancers
entertained under and near the music tent, set up especially for the festival,
with picnic tables for visitors enjoying Keweenaw Joe's smoky barbecue sandwiches,
sold to benefit community arts activities. Read
our three-page photo essay.
Photo: Ken Thiemann, who initiated the annual Art and Music
Festival in 2002, works on sound
for the band Zen Lunatic during the 2005 Festival on May 28. Tuning up at right is Mike Irish, Michigan Tech
Director of Jazz Studies. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
students Receive International Award for Sustainable Development Project
Michigan Tech students in the Sustainable Futures Institute have received the prestigious International Mondialogo Award, sponsored by DaimlerChrysler and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
They were honored during the May 27-31 ceremonies in Berlin for their research supporting the use of sustainable construction materials in the developing world.
The team focused on the use of natural materials, primarily volcanic ash and rice husk ash, to replace Portland cement in the making of concrete. “It was like being at the Academy Awards for
engineering,” said James Mihelcic, MTU professor of civil and environmental
engineering and the team's co-advisor with Tom Van Dam, MTU associate professor
and technical advisor to the group. Read
more on MTU's Tech Today.
Dan Nover and Helen Muga play tourist in front of Berlin's
Brandenburg Gate. The two Michigan Tech graduate students received a prestigious Mondialogo Award on behalf of an MTU team working on the use of green construction materials in the developing world. With this award, the students plan to construct water storage tanks for use with rainwater harvesting systems in rural Philippine communities, where many families do not have access to safe drinking water.
Nover is based at Partido State University in the Philippines as part of MTU’s Master’s International Peace Corps Program in Environmental Engineering.
© 2005 and courtesy
Michigan Tech University) Click on photo for larger version.
B.R.I.D.G.E. Alternative High School students build Hancock trail
Posted 06/03/2005 Updated 06/03/2005
HANCOCK -- Hancock City Council members celebrated the opening of the Terrace
Park Walking Trail in east Hancock on June 1 with students and teachers from the
B.R.I.D.G.E. Alternative High School -- builders of the trail. The occasion included a
ribbon cutting, a walk on the trail and refreshments. About 50 Bridge students
have put many volunteer hours into the project since last
September. They also had help clearing the trail from AmeriCorps workers on
Make a Difference Day, a Saturday in October 2004. The trail, including two
bridges, extends about one quarter of a mile, entirely within
the City of Hancock's Terrace Park. more
Photo: A newly decorated sign welcomes visitors to Terrace Park in east Hancock,
site of the new walking trail built by B.R.I.D.G.E. Alternative High School
students. (Photo © 2005 Michele Anderson)
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