Family memorial contribution to kick start Maasto Hiihto capital campaign at Bridge Jam Dec. 3
The announcement of a generous memorial gift to rebuild the Sisu Bridge in the Maasto Hiihto gorge will be made during the Fourth Maasto Bridge Jam, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. The name of the contributing Houghton County family with deep ties to Hancock, Finnish sisu and the outdoors will be kept quiet until the actual announcement during the musical event. Two bands -- Chirp, from Ann Arbor, and Uncle Floyd from Houghton -- will headline the annual fundraiser which raises money for trails and bridges used by skiers, hikers, dog-walkers, and bikers at Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids. The trails follow scenic wetlands, creeks and ridges throughout the 24 kilometers of groomed forested property extending from the Houghton County fairgrounds to the Christensen Road trailhead on M-203. The Sisu Bridge is located a couple of kilometers from the Hancock chalet at the west end of the Swedetown Creek gorge, a two-mile trail of exceptional visual beauty along the stream. KNSC plans to replace the bridge next year in partnership with the City of Hancock, which identified the need to replace the bridge in its Five Year Recreation Plan 2016-2020.
"It’s fitting that the local family’s gift supports the Sisu Bridge because like most Hancock families spanning the generations, these folks depended on sisu to help them endure their share of hardships," said Jay Green, Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club (KNSC) president. "The bridge will be renamed in their honor."Click here for Bridge Jam tickets or more information on Maasto Hiihto and KNSC.
Poor Artists Sale is Dec. 3 in Calumet
The 40th annual Poor Artists Sale will take place at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This annual juried holiday art fair is hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock. This year’s sale offers the work of more than 60 artists. Shoppers will find handmade jewelry and pottery, holiday wreaths, ornaments, baskets, wood art, glass, rugs, fiber arts, photography and many other special items made by local artists. Shop and visit with friends in a relaxing, social atmosphere, renew your Arts Council membership (or join for the first time) and enjoy homemade treats at the hospitality table. Click on poster for more info. (Poster courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)
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The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will hold Gingerbread Workshops from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Stop by to work on your own creation or lend a hand repairing one of the Carnegie's. They'll have basic forms, candy, and "glue." Extra candy to share is always welcome. ...... The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library invite young children and elementary age students to decorate ceramic holiday ornaments at the library anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Children will paint pre-made holiday ornaments that will be fired at The Magic Kiln Studio in downtown Hancock. All supplies will be provided. The ornaments will be returned to the library after they are fired, and everyone will be notified when they are ready to be picked up. Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570. ...... Family and support people for individuals living with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, can register for a free course from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/Keweenaw Area chapter. The series of 12 sessions is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals while maintaining their own well-being. The course, designated an evidence-based practice by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Houghton. They are for support people only. Pre-Registration is required and is open now. Call Bill or Barry Elizabeth Fink at 482-4632. ...... Eagle Mine forums begin next week. The series is intended to provide the public with a quick update on operations, an introduction to team members and an opportunity to ask questions. Here is the schedule: Monday, Nov. 28, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marquette, Eagle Mine Information Center Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Big Bay, Thunder Bay Inn Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Michigamme, Township Hall Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Humboldt, Township Hall For more information, please call (906) 273-1550 or email email@example.com. ...... The Shaft, a community exhibit on mining, is on view through Dec. 2, at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. The Copper Country’s mining history and the traces of it that create our landscape inspire a range of artistic expression. This year eighteen artists submitted 39 pieces of artwork related to mining in our area. ...... Do you participate in a book group? The Portage Lake District Library is creating a list of local book groups for all ages and would like to hear about yours. Useful information includes the name of your group and contact person, a theme if you have one, and dates and time that you meet. Please also say if your book group is for adults, teens, or grade school students. For more information, please call Chris at the library at 482-4570. ...... Storytime for the school year at the Portage Lake District Library is held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Young children are invited to come for stories, craft projects, occasional music, and lots of fun. For special Storytimes on Saturdays, please look for announcements on library posters and on the library’s website. Children are also encouraged to use the Children’s Listening Center at the library to enjoy music, foreign languages, and stories on CDs. Up to four people at a time can use the equipment, including parents who want to help their children learn another language or simply enjoy music or a good book together. Please ask a librarian to help you get started. All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570. ...... HEET (Houghton Energy Efficiency Team) is planning a 2016 Winterization Campaign and Efficiency Challenge. Local businesses, organizations and church groups are getting involved. HEET has moved into a new office in Hancock at 422 Quincy St. in Hancock. Click here for info.
UPDATED: Attention Hancock Residents: Waste Management Garbage and Recycling
Waste Management Garbage and Recycling new schedule for Hancockstarted on Sept. 12, 2016. - All items need to be out by 7 a.m. -Weekly same day pick up for garbage and recycling (using a new dual garbage truck) -Pick Up Day Change affects some neighborhoods: -East of Elevation Street will be on Monday. -West of Elevation Street will be on Wednesday. *Pick up for residents living on Elevation, S. Elevation and N. Elevation Streets will be on WEDNESDAY. -Any container will work for recycling. Some people are painting or taping (recycling) on the bins they now use or you can purchase a new recycling bin from McGann’s or Risto’s. -Single stream will continue for all items including glass and clean pizza boxes! -Service is also available to small commercial. -The City still has a recycling drop off at the DPW Garage (1601 Tomasi Drive) QUESTIONS: Call Bill Marlor, DPW, 482-1480 or Glenn Anderson, City Manager, 482-1121. Click here for Waste Management's new list of acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling. Thank you for your participation.
Slide Show: 2015 Parade of Nations
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Eagle Rock, 2010: Slide show
In May 2010, concerned Native and non-Native citizens camped, prayed and planted a garden at Eagle Rock, an Ojibwa sacred site, which was blasted for the portal to the Rio-Tinto-Kennecott Eagle Mine. The mine, now in operation, was sold to Lundin Mining Corporation of Toronto. Click on photo above to access a photo album on Eagle Rock protests in May 2010. Click on the first photo in the album and then on the info icon to view captions if they are not visible on the right. To view the photos as a slide show, click on the forward arrows.
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Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
HKCD's 2016 Tree Sale has found a home for every tree and plant. Gina Nicholas, HKCD president, thanks the volunteers and friends who helped make the sale a success. HKCD donated some plants and trees to the school gardens at Calumet, Chassell and Houghton. "It is great that the schools are helping children gain first hand experience about gardening and where the food we eat comes from," Nicholas said.
Save the Water's Edge
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Portage Lake District Library
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Stewards of Bete Grise Preserve
A Rascal's Craft
The poetic musings of Eelu Kiviranta, a Finnish immigrant and self-proclaimed rascal. Side-by-side Finnish with English translation by Lillian Lehto. Introduction by Steve Lehto. Includes "The Copper Country Strike of 1913." Available from Amazon or the translator, 1419 Yosemite, Birmingham, MI 48009, $19.95. Click on cover to see Youtube video.
Original clothing and wall pieces custom designed and sewn by Andrea Puzakulich in the Keweenaw for 25 years. Distant Drum is located in Hancock's Historic E.L.Wright Bldg. Open most weekday afternoons. Call ahead.
Calumet Art Center
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New edition of book by Steve Lehto
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Click here to see Steve Lehto's recent YouTube video about Italian Hall.
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Keweenaw Adventure Co. is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Click here to celebrate their current events, adventures and specials.
Red Circle Consulting
Mike Lahti at State Farm
Copper Country Community Arts Center
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Michigan League of Conservation Voters
What Is Sustainable
Author Richard Adrian Reese recounts how his life took a new direction after 9 years of simple living in the Keweenaw -- and offers a new worldview for a sustainable future.
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