February 2007 News
-- March 2007 News
February 2007 News
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, Keweenaw Now photographer.)
Obituary: Rev. Allen
Rev. Allen Goodrich, 58, Pastor of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk passed away unexpectedly at his
home in Mohawk on Thursday morning, Feb. 15, 2007. In 1990 Rev. Goodrich became Pastor of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk and
was their Pastor until his time of death. He was instrumental in the formation of Keweenaw Lutheran Ministries, which led to the construction of Shepherd of the Sea Chapel in Copper Harbor.
Pastor Al was an avid guitar player and teacher. He was also known and loved for
going out of his way to marry couples -- not only in the church but wherever the couple requested,
from Brockway Mountain to the Still Waters Garden. Funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Mohawk.
Friends may call at the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet one hour prior to the service at the church or at
Babylon Bags the Big One in Winter Carnival Statue Competition
HOUGHTON -- Delta Sigma Phi's frosty rendition of the hanging gardens of Babylon took first place in the
highly competitive fraternity division of Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival snow statue contest. The huge
diorama, "Euphrates Frozen in Time Shows Babylon in Its Prime," is located in front of the their house,
1421 Woodland Road, near Wadsworth Hall. It reflects this year's theme, "Ancient Worlds Come to Play in Snowy Drifts of Modern Day." The elaborate
sculptures included griffins with wings molded of clear ice, a fountain, the river Euphrates, a
four-tiered backdrop replete with arches, and yards and yards of ice
chains. Nabbing second place was Phi Kappa Tau for "Ancient Chinese Culture in an Icy Sculpture." A dragon snakes through the scene, which
features a pair of fierce-looking foo dogs, mini-dragons with icy wings and Chinese music broadcasting
from the fraternity house at 1209 West Quincy St. in Hancock. Read more about the winners and see
photos and complete results on the MTU Winter Carnival Web site.
Photo: This detail from a photo by S. Gowtham,
MTU graduate student, shows some of the elaborate sculptures in Delta Sigma
Phi's first-place diorama, "Euphrates Frozen in Time Shows Babylon in
Its Prime." Click on photo for larger version and on "yards and
yards of ice chains" above for another of S. Gowtham's photos of the
winning creation. (Photos © 2007 S. Gowtham. Reprinted with permission.
Other photo links are to the MTU Winter Carnival Web site.)
Lahti stands with Granholm for stronger Michigan
LANSING -- State Representative Mike Lahti (D-Hancock) responded recently to Governor Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address and praised the Governor for demonstrating solid leadership in rocky economic times. Rep. Lahti applauded Governor Granholm’s plan to leave no worker behind by investing in our workforce to make Michigan a magnet for cutting-edge technologies and good-paying, family sustaining jobs while promoting and working with established businesses and resources in order to protect the jobs we already have. Lahti noted alternative energy as a field with great potential and room for growth.
He also said education issues are key to turning Michigan’s economy around. Lahti
was recently named a member of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee and
is to be the Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee and a member of the Human Services Subcommittee.
Photo: State Representative Mike Lahti (D-Hancock) was one of eight escorts (four
Representatives and four Senators) who welcomed Gov. Jennifer Granholm into the House chamber prior to her
fifth State of the State Address Tuesday night, Feb. 6, before a joint convention of the Michigan House of
Representatives and the Michigan Senate. (Photo © 2007 and courtesy Mike
Reprinted with permission.)
Somalia: Another Front in the War on Terror?
Ron Martin, Jr. Posted 02/05/2007
HOOD RIVER, ORE. --
For 16 years, Somalia has been a failed state with no central government, awash with weapons, wracked by clan
rivalries and ruled by
warlords. Only when the Union of Islamic Courts
(UIC) took control of southern and central Somalia last summer, did the
United States administration become concerned about the threat of Somalia being taken over by Islamic extremists and becoming a potential safe haven and training ground for al-Qaeda,
says guest author Ron Martin, Jr., who has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Martin worked as Water and Sanitation Program Manager for a humanitarian nongovernmental organization
in Somalia from December 2004 through June 2005. He offers an overview of recent
events in Somalia, along with photos he took while working there. more
A Somali woman, with her child strapped onto her back,
waters camels at a traditional well near Walaq, a rural area about 14 miles (22 km) southwest of
(Photo © 2005 Ron Martin, Jr. Reprinted with permission.)
-- March 2007 News
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