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Have you been following the Olympics? Wondered what the Luge is all about? Wonder no longer. In fact, you can even be part of it. Or you can view a variety of other activities all weekend. Check it out this weekend in Negaunee.
The Upper Peninsula Luge Club invites you to Ko-Tis-Vay to the 2018 Heikki Lunta Festival to be held on January 19th & 20th in downtown Negaunee. Friday evening we will begin the festival with a winter parade down Iron Street, an opening ceremony at Breitung Park and live music at local establishments. Saturday will be filled with a full schedule of events to include something for everyone: Pannu Kakku breakfast, bake sale, display from the Finnish-American Heritage Center, guest speakers, an old school snowmobile show, ski jumping at Suicide Hill and luging open to public at Lucy Hill. A full line-up of Yooper Feats of Strength are also slated: Yooper Scoop Scramble, Trenary Toast Eating Contest, Ice Turkey Bowling, Big and Little Yooper Obstacle course races and new this year, Crapper Dash, Chook Chuck and Yooper-sized Foosball. Winning contestants will receive various prizes donated by local businesses. All contestants will be entered into a drawing to give away 3 custom Heikki Lunta Stormy Kromers! The more contests you enter, the better chance you have of winning! You may register early by clicking on the Yooper Feats of Strength button above or sign up the day of the festival. We are encouraging contestants to come up with some fun team names that represent who you are or where you come from! The festival will wrap up Saturday evening with a bonfire, fireworks over Old Town and live music all up and down Iron Street!
Thanks again for all of you who help. It is something we do several times a year...Why not help us this year?
Who says children don't get excited to see Santa? Thanks to Whitney Saunders for the pictures and the rest of Santa's elves, the annual Christmas party was a success for all ages.
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.
Gentle Yoga Class Continues
Please leave your phone number with Michelle in the Township office if you have an interest.
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.
SAIL, Disability Network of the U.P. will be hosting their 9th annual Chocolate Festival fundraiser for the One in Five Campaign to benefit the varied programs of SAIL across the U.P. The Chocolate Festival features local restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers who donate delicious samples of chocolate desserts or they just may create new tastings for the community to try out! It's a sweet event and everyone is welcome! Tickets are $10 per person, 5 years of age and under are free through February 23rd at 5pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call SAIL at 906-228-5744 or stopping by the SAIL office at 1200 Wright St. Marquette, MI 49855.
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.
THE MICHIGAMME-SPURR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT IS IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CALL SUZY JONDREAU, FIRE CHIEF AT (906)-251-1187
LMPO meeting was well attended...just take a look. (unofficial notes under the 'home tab')
4th of July Activities Click on the 'Moose' below to see some of the fun.
U.P. Children's Museum just had its 20th Anniversary!
The idea started with Nheena Wyer Ittner when she was looking for something fun for families like hers. Although she tried to get service clubs around the area involved, none were interested. She then created a board made of of friends and people with similar interests.
Looking for ways to support the museum and create the best interactive venue, Ittner came up with the 'Design-o-Saurus. Kids were able to submit ideas for all parts of the building. This opened the way to ask for grants.
Today it continues to be a popular place that works with families and groups. For more information go to our 'Activities in the Area' for a direct link to their site.
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.
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.
DNR Meeting Notes
Did you miss the DNR Meeting? Here's the slide presentation they gave. CLICK HERE. More information will be coming.
Michigamme EMS & Fire department are in DIRE NEED of volunteers! Please ask if there is anything you can do to help our community.
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.
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.
Please Help Them
We would appreciate help in locating a lost green Perception two-man kayak, paddle and fly rod on the Michigamme River. Our nephews capsized Thursday night in one of the rapids just below the dam. Everyone is fine with just some scrapes and bruises, but the kayak took on water and shot downstream. Efforts to recover the kayak driving the river road came up empty. They have seen one paddle but it was in an area that could not be reached.
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.
Presbytery Point 80 years and still going!
In 1937 the 20 acres was purchased by the Presbytery of Lake Superior. Prior to that they had rented a variety of properties. At their peak 50-60 campers each week enjoyed our beautiful lake. At that time they used the cottage and 6 cabins for not only activities, but also as a 'store' for the campers.
For many years they also provided space for families to stay for a week. Some families returned each year and grew large enough that they outgrew the facilities and had to bring their own campers.
Since the early days, more buildings have been added. New camper cabins were added in the 1960's, A new lodge in 1997, and the fellowship lodge in 2010.
With the change in interests, the camp has had to adapt too. They now rent out the facilities and this summer you might even hear the sounds of the Superior String Alliance Orchestra floating out on the lake.
This year's theme is "Take a Break". It is important for kids in such a busy world to know that it is okay to take a break and get refreshed.
If you would like to know more about the history of the camp, the full article is in the May issue of Marquette Monthly by Amy Gawry
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.