Thanks to Karen Johnson for this bit of humor. We all seem to agree this winter has been longer than usual.
Welcome to the U.P.!
Are you new to our lake? Have you had any changes to your contact information? LMPO needs to have the correct information. (Select Around Town at top * Click on Contact Form * Fill it out and SUBMIT)
Did you know?
Photo from www.mackinacbridge.org
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
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!
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.
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.
Tickets can be purchased from any Lady Elk, the Negaunee Elks Club or Crock and Rocker. Call 906-360-0155 or 906-323-6214 for more information.
Keep Warm! Here are some ideas to protect yourself against the extreme cold.
As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.
1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.
2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.
8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
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 email@example.com to have your free ad put on the website.