Backroom Boys to play for dancing, listening Feb. 15 at Copper Island Beach Club
HANCOCK -- A Happy St. Valentine's Day to all the sweethearts from the Backroom Boys. The original boys from the backroom -- Bob Norden, trombone; John Munson, clarinet, sax, piano; and Oren Tikkanen, banjo, etc. -- will be at the cozy and romantic Copper Island Beach Club on Fri, Feb 15, from 8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. to play love songs for you and your sweetie in the old trad-jazz style. Come on down, bottom of Tezcuco Street in Hancock.
Finnish Consul General to speak at Finlandia University commencement Apr. 30
Consul General of Finland to New York Manu Virtamo. (Photo courtesy Finlandia University)
Consul General of Finland to New York Manu Virtamo is providing the keynote address at Finlandia University’s commencement ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Paavo Nurmi Center. Consul General Manu Virtamo has been with the foreign service of Finland for the last 36 years, including spending time in Washington D.C., Japan and Los Angeles. Before joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Virtamo worked as International Secretary for the Student Union of the Helsinki University and the Center Party of Finland. The trip to Hancock is Virtamo’s first time in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
"I very much look forward to visiting Finlandia University and meeting with the students who have now accomplished one of the most important goals of their life," Virtamo said. "My three boys have studied at universities in Finland, the United Kingdom and in the United States. Following their endeavors and aspirations reminds me of my own time at the University of Helsinki in the late 1970s. They were good times that opened my path to diplomacy and an opportunity to work and live in France, Sweden, Japan and the United States."
Click on photo above for more about Consul General Manu Virtamo.
Marquette Climate March Apr. 29
Northern Climate Network will lead a local People's Climate Change March and festival on Saturday, April 29. Meet at the Marquette City Commons at 9:45 a.m. March begins at 10 a.m. sharp! The 1.4-mile march will start along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail; then at 7th Street we will meet a police escort and march on Washington Street. This goal is to walk as a community demonstrating local support for more ambitious global climate change policy and to celebrate what is being done locally. The walk will end at the Commons, with informational booths, food and music. Click on image above for more details and map.
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District announcements
The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) Annual Tree Sale is 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, 2017. First-come, first-served on the day of the sale. Click here for the Tree Sale Flyer. For more info or a printed copy of the flyer call 906-482-0214. See also their Facebook page.
City of Hancock: White St. closing
The City of Hancock announces that White Street will be closed starting Thursday, 4/13/2017 for water main and valve replacement. The closure should be approximately 30 days.
+News Briefs / Announcements
The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will host a closing reception for student scientists and their exhibit, "Award-Winning Projects from the Western U.P. Science Fair"from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 22. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. ...... 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.
Keweenaw Climate Community
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Houghton-Portage Township School District presentation Apr. 10
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Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
County Road 595 Updates: The Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) recently entered into a mediation session with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week regarding the proposed County Road 595. The MCRC is supported in this endeavor primarily by free legal aid from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which states their mission is to defend freedom and protect constitutional rights of individuals. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) continues to oppose the road construction that would aim to connect the Eagle Mine with it's milling facility in Humboldt. The project would degrade the remote area's wetlands and surface waters while fragmenting habitat for species like moose that need large contiguous areas of undisturbed habitat. The construction would expose isolated, still recovering wilderness to haul trucks and mining traffic. No progress was made in the mediation and another is scheduled to occur in late March. YDWP will continue to monitor the sessions for further updates.
Click here for a March 7, 2017, article on CR 595 by the Mining Action Group.
By Michele Bourdieu Hay bales are shown in place as a short-term erosion control measure in a ditch along Gogebic County Road 519. (Phot...
Portage Lake District Library
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
"Snow Country" -- A Copper Island Novel
Set on the Keweenaw Peninsula, this inspirational novel features contemporary Finnish-American and Yooper culture while exploring themes of love, loss and faith.
Slide Show: Christmas in Calumet 2016
Christmas in Calumet continues this Saturday, Dec. 10, with wagon rides, visits with Santa at the Vertin Gallery, and more. Click on the photo above to see our slide show of Calumet on Dec. 3: the Poor Artists Sale, Santa, and art gallery exhibits. Click on any photo and follow the arrows. To read captions, click on the info icon.
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
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 Shows: Family fun with science, more ...
Our recent slide shows highlight the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) and Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) community events held Aug. 4 - 6, 2016; the 2016 Keweenaw Science Fair winners honored by Carnegie Museum; and the Lake Superior Celebration at GLRC in April 2016.
The new slide shows can be accessed as follows: Click here or on the photo above for the slide show of the Aug. 5, 2016, Keweenaw Water Festival at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). Click here for the Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 Keweenaw Science and Engineering (KSEF) family events held in Houghton's Kestner Waterfront Park, and click here for photos of some 2016 Science Fair winners and highlights of the April 26, 2016, Lake Superior Celebration sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan STEM Partnership, the Copper Country Recycling Initiative and more. For each slide show, click on the first photo in the album and click the info icon in the top right corner for the caption. Then click on forward arrows to view the photos as a slide show.
For our copyright policy, please click here or email us if you wish to use any of the photos or video clips by Keweenaw Now. Photos by guest photographers are copyrighted and you must seek their permission for re-use. This policy applies to the photos in our slide shows as well. Please do not share photos taken by guest photographers without their permission.
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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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
Click above to learn about new classes starting in February 2017.
Stop by to see the Calumet Art Center's new look, new artists, new gallery pieces and Jikiwe's driftwood Forest Dancers.
New edition of book by Steve Lehto
Click on book cover to access Steve's Facebook page on the Italian Hall disaster.
Click here to see Steve Lehto's recent YouTube video about Italian Hall.
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Red Circle Consulting
Mike Lahti at State Farm
Copper Country Community Arts Center
Click here to visit the Community Arts Center on Facebook.
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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