The Mackinac Bridge fare today for a standard passenger vehicle is $4.00. When the bridge first opened in 1957, the fare was $3.75. That’s about $28.71 in today’s dollars! The reason for the seemingly high fare was that was the cost of a ferry ticket to get across the straights of Mackinac was $3.75. So, drivers could either pay $3.75 to ferry across (which took a while) or pay the same price and drive across in just a few minutes!
Thanks again for all of you who help. It is something we do several times a year...Why not help us this year?
Did you miss the Pig Roast? Donations for the 2018 Fireworks can be sent to: Michigamme~Spurr 4th of July Committee PO Box 12 Michigamme, MI 49861
Don't forget - if you are selling, buying, looking for something, we have a place you can list it. (Under Around Town tab above.) NEW Water Heater & sailboat just added! Also looking for winter rental information.
Tired of being inside? Come see our Township Fitness Room
It is now open from 6am to 2pm Monday-Friday. Available for your use is a treadmill, rowing machine and Nu step cross trainer. Please make sure you sign in and out to ensure the safety of all. This equipment was purchased through grants (West Marquette County Health Foundation) We need to show there is an interest and the equipment is being used. An increase in interest can offer the possibility of more equipment.
Looking for something to do? Don't forget to check out our calendar of local events.
If you know of anything else you would like on the calendar, please don't hesitate to email the information.
In the spring of 1875, during a walk behind his house, Amos Harlow, one of Marquette’s founding fathers, noticed a great cedar tree. He observed that it resembled a man, so much so that he was inspired to cut the tree down, move it to his back yard, invert it and add a few embellishments. The head is a curiously shaped burl with human features. Limbs (pun intended) from the original tree were cut and fastened to the Wooden Man’s body at what was to become the shoulders. Two fungi attached to the head became ears. His coat of cedar bark received a collar and cuffs made from birch bark. To cover his balding head, a large hemp rope was untwined and attached to his head. A straw-type hat also made of cedar bark completed the ensemble. No self respecting gentleman of the day would go for a walk in the woods without a cane, so an appropriately sized branch was found for him to hold in his right hand. Don’t think that the Wooden Man has been a bachelor all his life. In 1891 a wedding was staged with the gentlemen (although a proper gentleman would have removed his hat). Mr. Griffin, owner of a boarding house in Marquette, read the service. The bride, Ada Mapes, carried a bouquet of lily of the valley. When asked how she liked her new husband, she replied “He was all right, only he stayed out all night.” This icon has appeared in hundreds of photographs and was strange enough to be featured on Ripley's "Believe It or Not."This one hundred thirty five year old man still stands tall (15 feet) in the first block of South Fourth Street, Marquette, on private property. Harlow’s Wooden Man remains a tribute to all the hearty pioneers who have come to this area. We hope that it will be preserved and treasured for as many more years. This symbol of our heritage was chosen as the title of the Marquette County History Museum’s quarterly publication in 1965. The Harlow’s Wooden Man Publication is produced quarterly with information including news about the Museum, historical articles and photographs and upcoming events. Members receive the journal free of charge.
News around the Lake
Keep these Beautiful Fireworks Going!
The fireworks were once again a "hit"!!!
At the start of the fireworks, there were over 85 boats vying for the best place to anchor. But whether you were on a boat, sitting watching from a car or dock, or even enjoying the fun at the park itself, no one was disappointed.
Christmas in July was the theme for this year's parade. Fun at the park was the theme for the after parade activities. (and who can pass up the bottle caps or the Chicken s... games?)
Found floating in lake.. from someone’s lift? Call JoAnn at 323-6380 to claim.
Van Riper has opened a water park. Check below for pricing. http://www.waterwarriorisland.com/
Reminder that you need a recreational passport for entry into the park. Age limits are on the Water Warrior feature.
Announcement-A rod and reel have been found by a Red Road resident. Contact Karen Johnson for information on how to identify and reclaim your property.
MOOSE DROP INN NOW BACK OPEN FOR THE SEASON
Many of you already know Joe Perry. He is looking for your help!
Hello! My name is Joe Perry and I have recently taken over as Fire Chief for our department. I have served on our department and the responder team for the past 26 years. We need your help. Both the Fire Department and responder team are low on membership. Both require training and certification. Both require compassion and dedication. If you, or someone you know are interested in joining either please let me know. Thank you!
As Janice Anderson mentions, "They really need people on the First Responders too. The time may be approaching when someone having a health crisis may find there is nobody to assist them." If you can help in any way, now is the time.
Michigamme EMS & Fire department are in DIRE NEED of volunteers! Please ask if there is anything you can do to help our community.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
One change is coming... January 1, 2018 NO glass of ANY KIND will be accepted in the recycle bins. Please make sure all glass is put into the regular garbage for pick up.
Travel within the US
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents boarding a domestic flight or entering certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants must show a REAL ID-compliant document. The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering. If the convenience of carrying a license or ID that meets all requirements for boarding a plane for domestic travel appeals to you, then a REAL ID-compliant license or ID is the right choice for you. If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. If you don’t have an enhanced card, please continue reading. Michigan Residents: Take your Michigan license or ID card and proof of your Social Security number and citizenship or legal presence to a Secretary of State office. You may apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any time. Or you can wait until it’s time to renew. Your renewal notice will state whether or not your license or ID is REAL ID compliant if there is any question about it. All Applicants: Your photograph will be taken at the branch office and the appropriate driver’s license or ID card fees will be due. There is no additional fee for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card. Name Changes: If your name is different than what is shown on your birth certificate, you will need to provide evidence of a legal name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court action. If your driver’s license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, you may show another form of acceptable documentation, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card.
4th of July Activities Click on the 'Moose' below to see some of the fun.
Looking for volunteers to help at the library. You have the skills because we need all the help we can get. Help us grants to improve the library. Check out the full information on our 'volunteers' page.
9-1-1 LMPO Annual Meeting had a representative from 9-1-1 to clarify how you can get help more quickly. If you did not get one of the fliers or were unable to attend the meeting click on 'Unofficial Notes'
Yoga at the gym in the Michigamme Township Building: 1st session is Monday, August 6th at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome. Bring your own yoga mat. No charge.
Missing a buoy on the south end of Footprint Island. If you spot it please let Dan Ostola know.
Found a water ski. Contact Mary Windsand
Super thanks to Joan Haara for these unique views of the Antique Car Show!
Did you see the sun this weekend? Spring is coming! Here is a brief check list of spring 'chores' so summer FUN is not interrupted.
1. Examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer. 2. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood. 3. Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. 4. Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects. 5. Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep. 6. Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete. 7. Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure. 8. Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot. 9. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis. 10. Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.
Don't forget what the library has to offer!
If you haven't been to the library lately, you should check us out. Reminder that it is always open, free to all and we always welcome your help with new books and even a little 'muscle'. Look at the VOLUNTEER page for more information.
Keep those pictures coming!
We all love to see pictures from around the lake. This year we have seen a large number of moose roaming the area. Here is one checking out Whitney Saunder's back yard. Thanks for sharing.
Did you miss paying your LMPO dues? $25 Make check out to Lake Michigamme Property Owners Association P.O. Box 137 Michigamme, MI. 49861 (reminder our dues help everyone around the lake - fireworks, dock, buoys, etc)
How to get our fish back Follow the conversation that started last summer and see where we stand now.
Non Resident Fishing License
Prices have been reduced this year to $65 for all non resident fishing licenses. Better than last year at least!
Boats? Docks? Boating Equipment? Lake 'toys'?
Are you interested in buying or selling anything around the lake? Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your free ad put on the website.