December 2005 News
November 2005 News
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December 2005 News
Lake Linden celebrates French Canadian Christmas
with song and dance
Posted 12/26/2005 Updated 01/06/06
LINDEN -- Local musicians, singers and about 100 visitors enjoyed an afternoon of traditional French-Canadian music and dance on Dec. 3,
2005, at the Historic Congregational Church in Lake Linden. Organized by Dave
Bezotte of Houghton, Nancy Fisher of Lake Linden and several musical friends,
this "first" community musical event celebrating Keweenaw
French-Canadian cultural traditions was a part of the annual Lake Linden
French-Canadian Christmas celebration, which has been held for the past five
years. Keweenaw Now presents a two-page photo essay on the new musical addition
to the event. more
French-speaking Anabelle Fleur Mack, age 3 1/2, of Hancock, tries playing the spoons during the Dec. 3 French-Canadian Christmas musical event in Lake Linden. Anabelle's mother, Claire Lavandier Mack, was born and raised in Reims, France. (Photo © 2005 Dave Bezotte. Reprinted with permission of Anabelle's father, Jason Mack.)
Ed Lauluma: 1921 - 2005
-- Award-winning musician Edward Lauluma, Finnish-style fiddler and life-long
resident of Chassell, Michigan, passed away Monday afternoon Nov. 28, 2005, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, where he had been a resident patient for the past week.
Keweenaw Now wishes to express deepest sympathy to Ed's wife, Elsie Lauluma of Chassell,
and to other family members. Funeral services for Ed will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2005, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Chassell, with Rev. Ted Koehl to officiate. Spring burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery. The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of services. To view Ed's obituary or to send a condolence to the family please go to
www.memorialchapel.net. See also our January 2005 article,
"Musician Ed Lauluma earns Heikinpäivä top honor," on Ed's award of 2005 Hankooki Heikki from the City of Hancock's Finnish Theme Committee.
Ed Lauluma and his fiddle. Photo courtesy Finnish American Reporter.
Stupak comments on sulfide mining rules
WASHINGTON, D. C. -- On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Congressman Bart Stupak's (D-MI) staff submitted preliminary comments on his behalf during a
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) hearing on the implementation of the new law regulating non-ferrous (sulfide) mineral mining. Stupak thanked MDEQ for hosting
meetings to obtain public comments and cited priorities MDEQ should consider when developing the rules.
"We cannot allow mining to begin until we know who will pay for the implementation of the law, who will be held accountable for any possible long term damage from mining, and how we will go about requiring regular studies to ensure environmental and health damage is not occurring," Stupak said.
Michigan residents unable to attend the meetings may submit written comments
until the Dec. 19th deadline. more
Isle Royale Draft Wilderness Plan available for public comment
ISLE ROYALE -- Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green announced
recently that the park's draft Wilderness and Backcountry Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (WBMP/EIS) is now available for public review and comment.
In addition to publication by the Environmental Protection Agency in the October 21, 2005, Federal
Register, the document is available for review on the park's
website, under "Management Documents." CD copies of the draft WBMP/EIS are available by contacting the park by mail or
email. Park employees will respond to substantive public comments, and those responses will be printed in the final plan.
The public comment period will be open until December 21, 2005. more
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